DNS Course A, 2012

Date: March 30, March 31st and April 1st, 2012

Location: Boston MA, Campus of Northeastern University. Building TBA

DNS Course Requires Advanced Certification and skills and therefore is only available to the following Occupations: PT, MD, DO, DC, OT and ATC

Seminar Tuition:

Prior to February 15, 2012: $800


After February 15, cost increases to $950 


DNS course Boston


ATTENTION: Please contact program organizer at bostonsmpg@gmail.com to be placed on the waiting list and for information regarding future DNS courses.


Continuing Education:

The Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers.  This program has been approved for a maximum of 21 hours of Category A continuing education. Certified Athletic Trainers are responsible for claiming only those hours actually spent participating in the CE activity. 

BOC Provider Number P8108


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Day 1: (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

            AM     Registration & Continental Breakfast

Ontogenesis: Postural & Motor development from a developmental kinesiology model

            PM      Lecture/Lab: Respiration

            Test of the Intrinsic Spinal Stabilizing System (ISSS)

Day 2: (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM)

            AM      Lab: ISSS Testing & Training (cont.)

            PM      Lecture/Lab: Basic Theory for Reflex Locomotion & Reflex Turning

Day 3: (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM)

            AM      Lab: Reflex Creeping

            PM      Lecture/Lab: Role of active exercises




Hotels: http://www.bsmpg.com/hotel-accommodations/

Contact: bostonsmpg@gmail.com with course inquiries

Cancellation Policy: A full refund will be given for complete registration cancellations made before Feb 15th, 2012.  After Feb. 15th, a $50 cancellation fee will be assessed.  A written letter requesting cancellation must be emailed to bostonsmpg@gmail.com.  If you have any special needs that require additional assistance, please call us.  Requests must be received at least two weeks prior to event date.


Link to Prague School Website: Click HERE

BSMPG announces DNS Course "A" in Boston March 30-April 1, 2012


Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Course "A"

The “Prague School of Rehabilitation and Manual Medicine” was established by key neurologists/physiatrists, all of whom were giants in the 20th century rehabilitation era i.e. Karel Lewit and the late Professors Vaclav Vojta, Vladimir Janda & Frantisek Vele.  Based on groundbreaking neurodevelopmental and rehabilitation principles by these men, Professor Pavel Kolar has successfully integrated the work of his predecessors in proposing the underlying neurodevelopmental mechanism for how the movement system develops hand-in-hand with CNS maturation.  This complex approach is “cutting-edge” in that it provides a window into provides a window into the complexity and plasticity of the CNS and its effect on the movement system.  The DNS approach can be used in the rehabilitation of a myriad of neurologic, musculoskeletal pain syndromes as well as performance athletic training.

For more information on this approach please check out www.rehabps.com



Course Description

The nervous system establishes programs that control human locomotion that includes posture and movement.  This critical “motor control” is largely established during the first years of life.   Based upon the principles of neurodevelopmental kinesiology, i.e. the neurophysiologic aspects of the maturing movement system on which the Prague School was established, the scope of clinical rehabilitation options for many of our neurologic and musculoskeletal pain patients have been expanded. 

The DNS approach involves every component of the movement system (i.e. muscles, joints, nerves and soft tissue by stimulating movement control centers in the brain through activation of ideal inborn movement stereotypes.  This, in turn helps restore the  structural and postural alignment of the body’s neuro-musculo-skeletal system by evoking the global motor patterns.  Global motor patterns form the foundation of human movement and represent genetically predetermined elements for uprighting and equilibrium.  These patterns are essential for the control of posture and dynamic stability of the spine through the lifespan of the individual. Participants in this course will be introduced to the application of these principles. 

Instructional Level: Course "A" 

Course Objectives:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of developmental kinesiology
  • Describe the relationship between the development during the first year of life and the pathologic movement system in adulthood
  • Evaluate and correct respiratory patterns
  • Demonstrate an understanding for the basis of reflex locomotion and its role in the DNS approach
  • Perform the basic techniques for reflex turning and reflex creeping
  • Assess and train the intrinsic spinal stabilizing system based on the principles of DNS and reflex locomotion

Course Instructors



Clare C. Frank DPT, MS, OCS, FAAOMPT


Dr. Frank received her physical therapy degree from Northern Illinois University. She completed the Kaiser Permanente Orthopedic Residency program in 1993 while working on her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy at University of Southern California. She received her post-professional doctorate degree from Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California 2004. She is a board certified specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. Her clinical career has been greatly influenced by Shirley Sahrmann PT, PhD, and the Prague School of Manual Medicine faculty, namely, the late Vladimir Janda MD, Karel Lewit MD, and Pavel Kolar PT, PhD.

Dr. Frank practices at a private clinic in Los Angeles, California. She has been instrumental in setting up the Movement Science Fellowship at Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles. She has served on the medical team for the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships in Los Angeles, as well as the injury prevention team for the Chinese Olympic Teams 2010/11. She currently teaches in the U.S. and internationally and has co-authored “Assessment and Treatment of Muscle Imbalances: The Janda Approach”




Marcela Safarova PT, PhD


Dr. Safarova received her physical therapy training and completed her doctoral studies from Charles University. She is the head physiotherapist at Motol Hospital, a large teaching hospital associated with Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Dr. Safarova specializes in the  rehabilitation of the locomotor system. She is also a certified Vojta therapist and has trained and works with both Professors Pavel Kolar and Karel Lewit. She also serves as an adjunct lecturer for both medical physiotherapy students at the university. She currently serves as an instructor for Professor Kolar’s courses both in Prague and internationally