Back in Form

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This course will allow the student to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to recognize risk factors, early signs and symptoms of musculoskeletal injury (MSI) in order to improve work setting ergonomics, and to use safe work techniques to prevent these types of injuries.


  • Understand the basic principles regarding techniques for moving and transferring client
    • Recognize the risk factors, extent and incidence of musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries
    • Describe root causes of most common injuries
    • Explain the importance of injury prevention
    • Describe the different strategies for preventing injuries
    • Recognize the terminology related to moving and transferring principles (sustentation base, vertical distance, amplitude, etc.)
    • Describe the neutral standing posture and awkward postures
    • Distinguish leverage, torque and other principles used when moving and transferring client
    • Describe the basic principles of body mechanics (center of gravity, force production, etc.)
  • Demonstrate an adequate preparation prior to moving and transferring client or load
    • Perform adequate warm-up and streching exercices on a daily basis, to prepare for moving and transferring techniques
    • Use proper body mechanics when performing moving and transferring techniques, including auxiliary movements
    • Reduce physical strain when performing moving and transferring techniques, using proper body mechanics at all time
    • Adjust body posture, when needed, to correct improper positions and inadequate body mechanics
    • Follow safety guidelines at all times in order to protect self and others
  • Apply safe techniques when moving and transferring client or load
    • Perform necessary verifications prior to any types of client handling (environment, client identification, particular considerations related to the care plan, etc.)
    • Adequately assess client at an opportune time, according to clinical interventions and the holistic care approach
    • Provide the necessary informations to partners (clients and coworkers) to optimize their contribution to the move or the transfer
    • Master moving and transferring techniques involving wheelchair, gurney, bed and mobility aids
    • Recognize technical difficulties when they arise and efficient troubleshooting
    • Demonstrate efficient problem solving strategies, at all times, when it comes to posture, execution of techniques, various situations and clients' particularities
    • Use adequate auxiliary movements while executing techniques in order to maintain clients' natural body alignment and comfort

Aperçu du contenu

  • Musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries; risk factors
  • Properties of soft tissues
  • Musculoskeletal injuries statistics
  • Prevention of musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries
  • Terminology associated with moving and transferring principles: sustentation base, vertical distance, movement amplitude, etc.
  • Neutral standing posture and awkward postures
  • Applicable forces: client, team member, counterweights, etc.
  • Principles and guidelines: communicating the plan of action to the client, hazard-free working area, opposing forces, etc.
  • Principles of good body mechanics
  • Adequate warm-up and streching exercises
  • Body mechanics, ergonomics and safety
  • Reducing physical strain and injury prevention
  • Posture analysis and center of gravity assessment; adjustments to maintain proper posture
  • Importance of safety for self and others
  • Verifications prior to execution of techniques; careful planning of transfer or move
  • Client assessment: timing of client assessment and frequency of reassessment
  • Principles and strategies related to moving and transferring techniques
  • Auxiliary movements: maintaining natural body alignment and comfort for the client
  • Execution of moving and transferring techniques
  • Efficient problem solving strategies
  • Difficulties associated with execution of moving and transferring techniques: analysis of tasks related to client-handling situation, deficient or unsafe aspects of executed techniques and making necessary adjustments

Renseigements additionnels sur la formation

The student who has personal health limitations, or suffered previous musculoskeletal injuries, should consult with doctor before beginning the Back in Form (BIF) program. This training is offered by a certified instructor and by the campus, following an agreement with WorkSafeNB. The student who meets requirements will receive a training certificate. The certification is valid for five (5) years; some conditions apply. The student must wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothing that allows freedom of movement. Appropriate footwear (closed-in heel, properly-fitting shoes or sneakers) is mandatory for the whole duration of this training.

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