1st Edition

Strength Training and Exercise Prescription for Rehabilitation Professionals An Evidence-based, Therapeutic Exercise Textbook

By Jenna A. Mattera Copyright 2025
    440 Pages 1085 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    440 Pages 1085 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Strength Training and Exercise Prescription for Rehabilitation Professionals is a modern, evidence-based, therapeutic exercise textbook written for clinicians, by a clinician. The content aims to fill any gaps in exercise knowledge and truly highlights application and integration of progressive resistance training into the rehabilitation setting. This book delivers a vast, well-researched exercise library and provides sound guidance on developing a comprehensive exercise program, including exercise selection, prescription, and dosing, for any individual.

    Strength Training and Exercise Prescription for Rehabilitation Professionals details a variety of progressions and regressions that allow a primary movement pattern – the squat, deadlift, bridge, push, pull, and carry – to be performed by individuals of all ages, body types, and experience levels. It considers specific factors that apply to injured populations, like pain, phase of healing, pre-requisite range of motion and strength requirements. The exercise chapters feature many different pieces of resistance training equipment, but also explain how to perform and modify bodyweight exercises to achieve the desired training effect, as access to equipment often varies. High quality images paired with step-by-step, written explanations and valuable coaching cues aim to aid instruction and execution. In addition, it also highlights current evidence for rehabilitation of specific diagnoses, including ACL reconstruction, lower back pain, patella and achilles tendinopathy.

    This textbook is an excellent resource for new clinicians and seasoned professionals who desire concise, factual guidance and reference to support development of their rehabilitative exercise programs. It would be a worthwhile addition to the curriculum of any physical therapy, chiropractic, or athletic training program, but is also appropriate for anyone that may interact closely with rehabilitation clinicians, like strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers, exercise physiologists, and other fitness professionals with one common goal: improve quality of care and maximize patient outcomes through exercise.

    1. Principles of Progressive Overload

    2. Basic Program Design

    3. Introduction to Stabilization

    4. Squat

    5. Hinge

    6. Bridge

    7. Lower Back and Glutes

    8. Lower Body

    9. Neck, Upper Body, and Thoracic Region

    10. Abdominals

    11. Rehabilitation and Programming Considerations for Specific Conditions


    Jenna A. Mattera, PT, DPT, CSCS, Cert VRS is certified in vestibular rehabilitation, functional dry needling, and holds her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) designation from the NSCA. She has worked in multiple settings, including acute care, home care and at a community hospital. She was formerly an adjunct faculty member for the physical therapy assistant program at Bay State College, US before opening her own business.