Pain Free Performance Specialist Certification x Rehab

NOVEMBER 1-2, 2024


Excelsior Orthopaedics 3925 Sheridan Dr, Amherst, NY 14226


Friday: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Bridging the gap from Rehab to Performance

The 2-Day PPSC Rehab Course will fundamentally change the way you approach patient care while improving your confidence and skills at prescribing exercise based interventions. 

There is a well defined and evidence supported gap that exists between rehab education and real work application.  89% of Physical Therapists agree that prescribing resistance exercise is part of their role however only 49% feel confident in doing so* 

An annual increase in sedentary lifestyles and inactivity demonstrate the need for more exercise based interventions and we believe Rehab Pros should be on the front lines as leaders in Preventative, Pro-active Health Care. 

We will be spending time not only discussing but also coaching each other in real time in order to improve application and confidence in the PPSC system.

We will help you bridge the gap from rehab to performance and from clinical education to real world application. 

*Many physiotherapists lack preparedness to prescribe physical activity and exercise to people with musculoskeletal pain: A. multi-national survey. C J Barton et al. Phys Ther Sport 2021 May.

What To Expect

The 2-Day Pain-Free Performance Specialist Rehab Certification (PPSC) is an integrated prevention and rehab based system for Physical Therapists to optimize their patients rehab,  fitness and performance around the common presence of pain, dysfunction and injuries.

In this 16-hour certification course, attendees will master some of the most powerful rehab and injury prevention based theories, methods and modalities to take instant action in the implementation the Pain-Free Performance Training System, including

Optimizing The 6 Foundational Movement Patterns

Real Time Movement Pattern Screening Protocols

Advanced Assessment of The Shoulder, Hip, Ankle and Lower Back

The 6-Phase Rehab Sequencing System

Soft Tissue, Self Myofascial Release and Stretching Drills

Mobility and Corrective Exercise Protocols

Postural Reeducation and Activation Drills

Central Nervous System Stimulation Strategies

Pain-Free Programming via Movement Pattern Pyramid System

Coaching and Cueing The Foundational Movement Patterns

Building Long Term Health Through Pain-Free Strength and Resilience

Coaching and Cueing The Foundational Movement Patterns

Course objectives

At the end of this two-day certification course, each attendee should leave being able to confidently run the following systems and strategies to upgrade your patients pain-free performance rehab management:


Customize Movement Sequences To Eliminate Pain and Dysfunction


Quickly Screen The 6 Foundational Movement Patterns


Deep Dive Assessments For Movement Pattern Optimization


Choose Perfect Exercise Variation For Each Movement Pattern


Re-Systemize Your Patient Management Around Pain and Dysfunction

About PPSC

The PPSC Rehab course is led by the PPSC Director of Rehab,  Dr. Justin Farnsworth PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, PPSC, FDN, CAFS.  Justin is a Board Certified Sports Physical Therapist with 11 years of clinical experience on top of 20 years of  training and performance experience. As an ex-collegiate and professional soccer player, Justin has utilized his unique skill set as a coach and practitioner to create a hybrid performance therapy management of his clientele consisting of elite level athletes, military and tactical operators and the general fitness population.

Developed by injury prevention expert Dr. John Rusin, The Pain-Free Performance Specialist Certification is an integrated prevention based system for optimizing performance around the presence of pain and dysfunction.

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The following is the exact curriculum that will be taught in this 16-hour certification course section by section including theory and practical sections.

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Introduction To The 6-Phase Dynamic Warm Up Sequence
1.1 Pain: The Biggest Problem Facing The Fitness Industry
1.2 Bridging The Gap Between Performance and Prevention
1.3 Prioritizing Health and Performance First To Optimize Performance
1.4 The Compounding Power of Prehabilitation
1.5 The 6-Phase Dynamic Warm Up Sequence

Soft Tissue and Self Myofascial Release Techniques
2.1 Breaking Down Mythical Misconceptions of Foam Rolling
2.2 SMR Prescription For Pain-Free, Painful and Dysfunctional Movers
2.3 Oscillatory Soft Tissue Technique
2.4 Neurological Trigger Point Technique
2.5 Global SMR Techniques
2.6 Objectifying Results Based Soft Tissue Practice
2.7 Regional Focuses For Soft Tissue Work
2.8 PRACTICAL: Oscillatory vs. Trigger Point vs. Global

Bi-Phasic Stretching and Mobility Protocols
3.1 Not All Forms of Stretching Are Created Equally
3.2 Debunking Dogmatic Stretching Theory
3.3 The Painful Side of Stretching
3.4 Parameters of Bi-Phasic Stretching Protocols
3.5 Regional Focuses For Stretching and Mobility
3.6 PRACTICAL: Alleviating The Terrible Triad of Hip Tightness

Corrective Based Exercise Strategies
4.1 The Singular Goal For Prescribing A Corrective Exercise
4.2 The 3 S’s To Successfully Implementing Corrective Exercise
4.3 Common Linchpin Corrective Strategies
4.4 Taking Caution With Correctives
4.5 The Motor Control Gap
4.6 Focused Corrective Exercise Prescription
4.7 PRACTICAL: Correctives Damn Near Everyone Needs

Postural Activation Drills
5.1 A Functional Definition of Activation
5.2 Where To Prioritize Postural Activation Strategies
5.3 Requisites of Authentic Activation
5.4 Achieving Shoulder and Hip Centration
5.5 Proper Programming of Activation Drills
5.6 PRACTICAL: The Cornerstones of Stability and Activation

Foundational Movement Pattern Development
6.1 Matching Movements With Key Performance Indicators
6.2 The 6 Foundational Movement Patterns
6.3 Fine Tuning Foundations with Coaching vs. Training
6.4 Grooving The Patterns with Proper Programming Prescriptions
6.5 PRACTICAL: Move Like A Human Before You Move Like An Athlete

Central Nervous System Stimulation Strategies
7.1 The Power of The Central Nervous System
7.2 Two Main Mechanisms of CNS Spiking
7.3 The Post Activation Potentiation Phenomenon
7.4 Superset CNS Stimulation Strategies
7.5 Programming CNS Stimulators
7.6 PRACTICAL: Jumps, Jacks, Plyos and More

General 6-Phase Dynamic Warm Up Programming
8.1 Warm Up Time Investment Specific To Needs
8.2 6-Phase Dynamic Warm Up Individualization Strategies
8.3 Parasympathetic Emphasized Programming
8.4 Corrective Emphasized Programming
8.5 Sympathetic Stimulation Emphasized Programming
8.6 How To Best Utilize The 6-Phase System
8.7 Plug and Play Strategies Via Screening and Assessment Data

Introduction To Optimizing The 6 Foundational Movement Patterns
9.1 Utilizing The 6-Phase Dynamic Warm Up Blueprint
9.2 The Importance of Foundational Movement Patterning
9.3 What About Rotation As The 7 th Movement Pattern?
9.4 Screening vs. Assessment Protocols

The Squat Pattern
10.1 Placing Load Via The Top Down Squat Screen
10.2 Improving Stance Via The Bottom’s Up Squat Screen
10.3 Passive and Active Hip Range of Motion Assessment
10.4 Finding The Perfect Squat: The Hip Quadrant Testing Protocol
10.5 Ankle Mobility Assessment and Correction
10.6 Correcting Squat Pattern Pain and Dysfunction
10.7 Pain-Free Squat Pattern Movement Variation Pyramid

The Hip Hinge Pattern
11.1 More Than The Active Straight Leg Raise
11.2Differentiating Anterior vs. Posterior Hinge Approach
11.3 Screening Load Interaction’s Ability To Alter Pattern
11.4 Finding The Perfect Deadlift: The Standing Hinge Back Test
11.5 Correcting Hip Hinge Pattern Pain and Dysfunction
11.6 Pain-Free Hip Hinge Pattern Movement Variation Pyramid

The Asymmetrical Single Leg Pattern
12.1 The 3 Levels of “Single Leg” Training
12.2 Screening The Split Squat, Lunge and Single Leg RDL
12.3 Advanced Single Leg Assessment: Balance
12.4 Differentiating Ankle vs. Hip vs. Torso Stability Strategies
12.5 The Ultimate Motor Control Challenge: Forward To Reverse Lunge Combo
12.6 Correcting Single Leg Pattern Pain and Dysfunction
12.7 Pain-Free Single Leg Pattern Movement Variation Pyramid

The Upper Body Push Pattern
13.1 Screening The Functional Power of The Push Up
13.2 Finding The Perfect Shoulder Position: The Shoulder Scour Test
13.3 Assessing The Shoulder Complex In The Overhead Position
13.4 Training Strategies For The Push Pattern
13.5 Correcting Push Pattern Pain and Dysfunction
13.6 Pain-Free Push Pattern Movement Pattern Variation Pyramid

The Upper Body Pull Pattern
14.1 Similarities and Differences in Push and Pull Patterns
14.2 Screening The Full Body Pull Pattern
14.3 Advanced Pull Pattern Assessment Via Vertical Plane of Motion
14.4 Programming Pain-Free Shoulder Training Ratios
14.5 Correcting Pull Pattern Pain and Dysfunction
14.6 Pain-Free Pull Pattern Movement Pattern Variation Pyramid

The Locomotive Carry Pattern
15.1 The Simplest Non-Negotiable Screen For Locomotion
15.2 Loading The Locomotion Pattern
15.3 Established Performance Metrics of Loaded Carries
15.4 The Synergistic Function of The Pillar Complex
15.5 The 5 Keystone Developmental Positions
15.6 The Power of Oblique Slings and Synergistic Spiral Effect
15.7 Correcting Carry Pattern Pain and Dysfunction
15.8 Pain-Free Carry Pattern Movement Pattern Variation Pyramid

The PPSC Is Approved For 16.3 Contact Hours by the NY State Board Of Physical Therapy for PT and PTA