12.6.22 The Mat Exam, Speaker: Kelly Waugh, PT, MAPT, ATP

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Date: 12/6/22

Credit: .1 CEU

Speaker: Kelly Waugh, PT, MAPT, ATP

Intermediate Level, Seating and Positioning, ATP/SMS Prep Content

The mat exam is one of the most important components of a Wheelchair Seating and Mobility Assessment. This webinar will provide the basics on this critical hands-on part of the physical assessment: what is it, who does it, when is it done, and why? After an introduction covering these key questions, we will review basic mat exam methodologies highlighting the significance of joint range of motion findings for wheelchair prescription. A summary will review how to translate supine range of motion values into the three primary body and seating system angles useful for seating prescription.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be able to describe what the mat exam is and its purpose.

Participants will be able to identify what movement of the pelvis typically results when there is a limitation in hip and knee joint flexibility that is not accommodated (i.e. the limb has been moved beyond its end range).

Participants will be able to state the correct corresponding values when translating hip flexion, knee extension, and ankle dorsiflexion range of motion into the relevant body segment and seating system angles.