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Lesson Plans 05: Formative and Summative Assessment

Assessment is a significant focus for educators. Yet, the vast majority of massage therapy educators have not had any formalized training in educational theory to adequately understand both the role of assessment and the different types of assessment activities built into a curriculum. Two words that you may hear often discussed around assessment are formative and summative assessment. A […]

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Lesson Plans 04: Using Bloom’s Taxonomy to Guide Assessment Questions

In the mid-1950s, Benjamin Bloom and his colleagues devised an organizational system for categorizing levels of learning and cognitive complexity. This system has been used extensively in curriculum development for all grade levels and in higher education. It has also more recently been modified and updated. The updated Bloom’s taxonomy model is precious for organizing […]

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Syndesmosis Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are the most commonly occurring lower extremity soft-tissue injury. An estimated 85% of all ankle injuries involve ligament sprains. Of the various ligaments around the ankle, the majority of injuries occur to the ligaments on the lateral side of the ankle, primarily the anterior talofibular. When injuries are severe, they may also include […]

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Understanding Passive Range of Motion

Despite the increased use of high-tech diagnostic procedures, assessing the function of soft tissues involved in locomotion is still best done through physical examination. We derive some of the most valuable assessment information from relatively straightforward procedures like active and passive range of motion tests. While you may have learned the basics of performing active […]

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Edutainment and Instructional Design

School can sometimes have a reputation for being dull, and students frequently have wandering attention. The wandering attention is especially challenging in entry-level education where students come to class every day amid hectic lives with many other distractions. Teachers then look for different strategies to keep students engaged. One of the ways teachers try to […]

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Why We Don’t Elongate Fascia (pt. 2)

This post is the second of a two-part series investigating the ideas of fascial manipulation. In the first part, I discussed the biomechanical properties of plastic and elastic tissue deformation of connective tissue. These principles demonstrate that we are unlikely to elongate and change the shape of fascia with manual therapy despite numerous claims to […]

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Why We Don’t Elongate Fascia (pt. 1)

One of the unique facets of our field (and granted there are many) is that much of our education follows the model of oral tradition. In an oral tradition, information is passed down from teacher to student and assumed to be valid and accurate because “that’s what our former teachers taught, or that’s what the […]

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