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MON, 31 OCT // 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Primary Content Focus:  Other (Muscle Plasticity)

Secondary Content Focus:  Pediatric Rehabilitation, Brain Injury

This instructional course will be based on a textbook that describes both the design and function of skeletal muscle as well as its adaptability. Models discussed include spinal cord injury, immobilization-induced atrophy, voluntary exercise and contracture. These lectures will enable physiatrists and therapists to measure the relevant properties of skeletal muscles from patients and to interpret their meeting. Extensive clinical examples will be provided to illustrate the concepts described.


  1. To understand the design of muscles for force production or movement
  2. To define the adaptation of skeletal muscle to increased or decreased use models
  3. To describe unique aspects of human muscles and the implications for rehabilitation
  4. To develop rehabilitation protocols based on sound basic science knowledge


  • skeletal muscle
  • muscle fiber types
  • sarcomeres
  • actin and myosin motility
  • muscle plasticity


Richard LieberRichard Lieber, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Rick Lieber earned his PhD in Biophysics from UC Davis developing a theory of light diffraction that was applied to mechanical studies of single muscle cells. He joined the faculty at the University of California, San Diego in 1985 where he spent the first 30 years of his academic career, achieving the rank of professor and vice-chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He received his MBA in 2013 and is currently chief scientific officer and senior vice president at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Dr. Lieber’s work is characterized by its interdisciplinary nature—an approach that is relevant to those who study biomechanics and orthopaedic surgery.  He has published over 250 articles in journals ranging from the very basic to very applied. More recently, he has implemented sophisticated biomechanical and biological tools to study muscle contractures. He has also pioneered studies of human muscle during hand surgery.

In recognition of the clinical impact of his basic science studies, Dr. Lieber has been honored by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Kappa Delta Award; twice), the American Bone and Joint Surgeons (Nicolas Andry Award) the American College of Sports Medicine (Fellow), and the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (Fulbright Fellowship) and the American Society for Biomechanics (Borelli Award). His research laboratory is supported primarily by grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs and National Institutes of Health.

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One full day of Instructional Courses: $199 // Three full days: $399

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