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Course Description & Learning Outcomes

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could find a job that beautifully married your career and your favorite hobby? Lucky for all of us, this week’s Nerdcast guest has managed to nail this amazing mash-up and maximizes client outcomes in the process. Jenna Muri-Rosenthal is an SLP, brain injury specialist, certified Level II CrossFit trainer, and an adaptive and Inclusive trainer who helps brain injury survivors to “find their way back to feeling like themselves' ' in her Boston-based practice, Fit to Function Recovery. Tune in to learn how Jenna integrates the principles of wellness, fitness, and rehabilitation to help her client’s achieve better than “good enough” outcomes after in-patient services end and the potential isolation of life after brain injury kicks into high gear. This episode is a true eye opener, exploring the relationship between physical activity and new learning, the need for community in the recovery process, and the positive impacts that functional movements practiced in safe and supportive fitness environments have for stroke survivors and others in life after injury. So get on your athleisures, dust off your Nikes, and pop in your Airpods- this one is worth listening to on your morning jog, or at least those trips from the couch to the fridge.

Learn more about Jenna Muri-Rosenthal here.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the relationship between fitness, speech-language pathology, and brain injury recovery

  2. Describe the role of fitness in social engagement and community re-entry after a brain injury

  3. Identify three movements in functional fitness and their real world application. 

  4. Describe 2-3 cognitive-communication skills/domains and how they can be applied to treatment in a gym/fitness setting.

Course Accommodations

The transcript for this course is provided below. You can also email us at ceu@slpnerdcast.com

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Course Presenters

Jenna Muri-Rosenthal, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS

Jenna Muri-Rosenthal is a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) with over twelve years of experience in acute care and acute rehabilitation, treating clients with cognitive-communication needs at MGH and in the community. She is a CrossFit-Level 2 Trainer and a certified Adaptive & Inclusive Trainer and coaches classes and 1:1 session at Invictus Boston. In addition to her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, she has a Certificate in Adult Teaching & Learning from the MGH Institute of Health Professions (MGHIHP), and is an Adjunct Professor in Graduate SLP programs at the MGHIHP and Northeastern University. She is the founder of Fit to Function Recovery - her practice blends functional fitness with cognitive-communication therapy to enhance functional recovery in adults and children.

SLP/BCBA; SLP

Kate Grandbois (she/her) & Amy Wonkka (she/her

Kate and Amy are co-founders of SLP Nerdcast. Kate is a dually certified SLP / BCBA who works primarily as an "AAC Specialist." She owns a private practice with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, augmentative alternative communication intervention and assessment, and consultation. Amy is an SLP who also works as an "AAC Specialist" in a public school setting. Amy's primary interests are AAC, typical language development, motor speech, phonology, data collection, collaboration, coaching, and communication partner training and support.

Speaker Disclosures

Jenna Muri-Rosenthal Financial disclosures: Jenna is the owner of Fit to Function a program for brain injury survivors in the gym and is a CrossFit-Level 2 Trainer and a certified Adaptive & Inclusive Trainer. Jenna Muri-Rosenthal non-financial disclosures: Jenna has no non-financial relationships to disclose. 

Kate Grandbois financial disclosures: Kate is the owner / founder of Grandbois Therapy + Consulting, LLC and co-founder of SLP Nerdcast.  Kate Grandbois non-financial disclosures: Kate is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children. She is also a member of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT), MassABA, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the corresponding Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis SIG. 

Amy Wonkka financial disclosures: Amy is an employee of a public school system and co-founder for SLP Nerdcast. Amy Wonkka non-financial disclosures: Amy is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children.



Time Ordered Agenda

15 minutes: Introduction, Disclaimers and Disclosures

25 minutes:  Review of the relationship between fitness, speech language pathology, and brain injury recovery

15 minutes:  Descriptions of physical movements and the role of fitness in social engagement and community re-entry after a brain injury

10 minutes:  Descriptions of cognitive-communication skills/domains and how they can be applied to treatment in a gym/fitness setting

5 minutes: Summary and Closing



References & Resources

De la Rosa, A., Solana, E., Corpas, R. et al. Long-term exercise training improves memory in middle-aged men and modulates peripheral levels of BDNF and Cathepsin B. Sci Rep 9, 3337 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-40040-8

Griffin, É W., Mullally, S., Foley, C., Warmington, S. A., O'mara, S. M., & Kelly, Á M. (2011). Aerobic exercise improves hippocampal function and increases BDNF in the serum of young adult males. Physiology & Behavior, 104(5), 934-941. doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2011.06.005

Loprinzi, P. D., & Frith, E. (2018). A brief primer on the mediational role of BDNF in the exercise-memory link. Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging, 39(1), 9-14. doi:10.1111/cpf.12522

Ratey, J. J., & Hagerman, E. (2013). Spark: The revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain. Little, Brown.

Wrann, C., White, J., Salogiannnis, J., Laznik-Bogoslavski, D., Wu, J., Ma, D., . . . Spiegelman, B. (2013). Exercise Induces Hippocampal BDNF through a PGC-1α/FNDC5 Pathway. Cell Metabolism,18(5), 649-659. doi:10.1016/j.cmet.2013.09.008

Online Resources

Works by John Ratey: http://www.johnratey.com/

Adaptive Training Academy: https://www.ata.fit/




Disclaimer

The contents of this episode are not meant to replace clinical advice.  SLP Nerdcast, its hosts and guests do not represent or endorse specific products or procedures mentioned during our episodes unless otherwise stated.  We are NOT PhDs, but we do research our material.  We do our best to provide a thorough review and fair representation of each topic that we tackle.  That being said, it is always likely that there is an article we’ve missed, or another perspective that isn’t shared.  If you have something to add to the conversation, please email us! We'd love to hear from you!



Summary Written by Tanna Neufeld, MS, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor

Audio File Editing provided by Caitlin Akier, MA, CCC-SLP/L, Contributing Editor

Promotional Contribution provided by Paige Biglin, MS, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor 

Web Editing provided by Sinead Rogazzo, MS, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor



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Reviews

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Renae Cuevas Dias

I loved this course so much! I was also a CrossFit coach (until the past year) and have loved seeing the benefit it gains people. I like that the presenter h...

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I loved this course so much! I was also a CrossFit coach (until the past year) and have loved seeing the benefit it gains people. I like that the presenter has been able to combine SLP and CrossFit/Fitness to help support her clients.

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Movement in sessions is imperative!

Britnee Bennett

This course will activate your imagination about ways you can incorporate movement into your therapy sessions across settings and populations. It will do so ...

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This course will activate your imagination about ways you can incorporate movement into your therapy sessions across settings and populations. It will do so by providing an excellent framework for how and why movement improves and primes our cognitive growth. Listen, take notes, and think creatively. Your future self, patients and colleagues will thank you.

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