Special Topics in Nutrition for Rehabilitation Professionals

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Emerging diet research, nutrition for special populations, and evidence on supplements This is the 3rd course in Dr. Wells’s series The purpose of the Special Topics course is to provide enrollees with an advanced level of knowledge of nutrition, nutrition and aging, nutrition assessment, and dietary prescription (including supplements). Topics for enrollees will include special dietary considerations for pain, arthritis, inflammation, allergies, toxins, clinical nutrition for the lifespan (youth and older adults), the microbiome, athletics, and emerging research on the gut biome. The course will be presented in a multimedia approach including visual, auditory, and interactive components to optimize learning for all participants. This course is not designed to train the rehab professional to prescribe supplements or diets, nor does it replace prudent referral to licensed dietary services.


  1. Explain the concept of systemic inflammation and how it can negatively impact rehabilitation and patient outcomes
  2. Describe how systemic inflammation can come from a patient’s diet and how it can delay healing and promote pain
  3. Outline a diet prescription for a patient with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and/or tendon pain according to peer-reviewed evidence
  4. Explain the current evidence for supplements used for conditions commonly seen in clinical practice
  5. Explain what constitutes the gut biome
  6. Articulate how the gut biome influences multiples systems, especially the brain, which can impact recovery from injuries seen in clinical practice
  7. Describe the clinical dietary assessment and  needs of women that are pregnant to reduce pain, prevent pelvic floor dysfunction, and promote health for baby
  8. Detail the clinical dietary assessment and needs of infants to promote development
  9. Explain the the clinical dietary assessment and needs of older adults to improve balance, cognition, prevent falls/fractures
  10. Describe the clinical dietary needs for athletes to improve performance, optimize recovery, and prevent injury
  11. Describe the impact of diet on clinical management related to the integumentary system
  12. Analyze and make recommendations for patient cases related to nutrition and: athletes, older adults, pregnancy, arthritis, gut biome, and chronic pain.

This course has a short Video Introduction followed by reading material and a quiz with 50 questions. The Course material is a PDF document that is available with the Introduction Video. After the last video you can take the quiz. Please complete the Course Material before taking the test. You have two hours, 3 attempts, 75% score required to receive a certificate.

Target Audience: Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapy, Doctor of Chiropractic, Occupational Therapy
Prerequisite: None Instructional Level: Intermediate
Disclosure: No relevant information to disclose Content disclosure: This course does not focus on any product or service.

Content Outline:

  1. Course 3 – Specialized Topics
    1. Section 1: Gut Biome, and Inflammation
      1. Lecture 1.1: Intro and Objectives (Intro Video)
      2. Lecture 1.2: Gut Biome, and Inflammation
      3. Lecture 1.3: Chronic Inflammation
    2. Section 2: Diet Across the Lifespan: Special Considerations (Pregnancy Video)
      1. Lecture 2.1: Peri-pregnancy
      2. Lecture 2.2: Infancy and Development
      3. Lecture 2.3: Older Adults
    3. Section 3: Sports Nutrition (Sports Video)
      1. Lecture 3.1: Nutrition Modifications for athletes: calories, timing, and nutrient changes
      2. Lecture 3.2: Enhancing Performance and Promoting Recovery
    4. Section 4: Supplements
      1. Lecture 4.1: Supplement guiding principles and rules/laws
      2. Lecture 4.2: Supplement Dosing: Evidenced-Based Review of Common Health and Movement-Related Conditions
    5. Section 5: Emerging Subspecialities (Summary Video / Cases)
      1. Lecture 5.1: Wound Care
      2. Lecture 5.2: Oncology: Prevention and During Treatment
      3. Lecture 5.3: Module Cases and Review Quiz

Continuing Education regulations may change. Please verify information with your licensure board.

Athletic Trainers: WebExercises is an approved provider for the BOC, provider P10199. This course is approved in all states for Athletic Trainers. WebExercises is approved in Florida and Arizona and attendance will be filed with CE Broker. Topic: Intermediate

Occupational Therapy: Course abides by regulatory guidelines of your board for continuing education. Please review your board guidelines before taking a course for CE credit to make sure the course is germane to your profession and fulfills requirements. Arkansas, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska,  North Dakota, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin.

Physical Therapy Approval for this course: This course has been approved by the Arkansas Board of Physical Therapy. The course abides by regulatory guidelines for continuing education or is approved by virtue of approval by the Arkansas Physical Therapy board. Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire,  North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Doctor of Chiropractic course approval: (see approval information below) Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming.

WebExercises is recognized by the PACE program of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards. PACE (Providers of Approved Continuing Education) is a Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB) organization. Approved providers offer the highest standards of education and abide by guidelines and standards outlined by PACE to maintain approval status. Courses need to be listed with PACE and receive an approval number. PACE approved providers are accepted by the following Chiropractic State Boards:  Alaska, Connecticut, DC,  Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming.

CCE accredited Chiropractic College: WebExercises is sponsored by a CCE accredited Chiropractic College, Cleveland University-Kansas City. This course meets the appropriate standards for continuing education and qualifies for 5.6 CEUs (hours) in the following states: Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Michigan. states: Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Michigan.

Course Instructor

Sean Wells, DPT Sean Wells, DPT

Dr. Sean M. Wells, DPT, PT, OCS, ATC/L, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, CNPT, Cert-DN is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, and National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is currently the owner of Wells Physical Therapy, a cash-based, mobile, concierge physical therapy and training company in Florida. He is also on faculty with Modern Manual Therapy - Eclectic Approach. Prior to this, Dr. Wells founded, grew, and sold his first cash-based PT facility. Dr. Wells has taught sports medicine and exercise physiology at both the graduate and undergraduate levels at Florida Gulf Coast University. His research interest includes lower back pain, nutrition and healing, and aging mechanisms/models. Sean has been published in the area of orthopedics, aging, and fitness. He has published one book on the dangers of CrossFit and is currently working on his 2nd book, Nutritional Physical Therapy. He was contributing author to the fitness section in E'Bella Magazine for 3 years, and has been featured in Redbook, Muscle and Fitness Magazine, and Eat This Not That blog.