microStrecthing® Foundations for Health Care Professionals - Level 1 Course

Course Description:

The microStretching® Foundations Level 1 course has been constructed for certified athletic trainers and other credentialed health care professions in an effort to create common knowledge across these disciplines. The goal of this course is to introduce another hands-on therapeutic tool aiding in the recovery/regeneration, and pain management of athletes or patients with the use of low intensity stretching (microStretching®). The course itself consists of two components, a theory and a lab (practical application). During the theory, individuals will be educated on the development and research of microStretching, its effect on muscle soreness, isometric and eccentric peak torque, biomarkers of inflammation (or the relationship of stretching and inflammation), and tissue oxygenation, just to name a few. The lab itself is divided into two sections. In the first section, participants will be guided through a self-stretching routine which will provide them with the knowledge to demonstrate ‘take home’ exercises for ‘self-care’ following a microStretching® treatment. In the second part, participants will practice a guided microStretching® sequence with a partner focused on the lower body. Upon completion, participants will be able to differentiate microStretching® from traditional stretching, evaluate the benefits of this therapeutic technique for acute pain, inflammation, sleep, as well as compare and contrast the effects of high-intensity versus low-intensity stretching, and be able to recommend the proper sequence of microStretches post-treatment for self-care.

  • Explain what is microStretching®.

  • Plan an individualized microStretching® program for each patient.

  • Compare oxygenation levels of intense stretching with microStretching® with use of NIRS.

  • Analyze the relationship of stretching intensity to the inflammatory response.

  • Identify the types of pain.

  • Demonstrate and define mechanotransduction.

  • Identify the components of a compensational shift.

  •  Select the appropriate microStretches for each patient.

  • Identify the components of a compensational shift.

  • Compare microStretching® to traditional stretching.

  • Evaluate the benefits of microStretching® for acute pain and inflammation.

  •  Justify the benefits of low intensity stretching over high intensity stretching.

  •  Compare and contrast the different types of inflammation.

  • Compare and contrast the different types of stretching.

  • Explain the parameters of microStretching®.

Certified Athletic Trainers, Athletic Training students and other credentialed health care professionals. 

Date: TBD

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Price to be announced at later date. Please read our ‘Cancellation Policy’ prior to registering for the course.

This course is eligible for 5.5 CEU’s for Certified Athletic Trainers.

CE Course Schedule






Faculty Introductions and Welcome






Break #1



Lab Session 1






Lecture/Case Studies



Lab Session 2



Break #2



Lab Session 3, Wrap-Up


Nikos C. Apostolopoulos PhD, MPhil, BPHE (Sports Medicine)

Nikos C. Apostolopoulos PhD, MPhil, BPHE (Sports Medicine), is the founder of microStretching® and Stretch Therapy®. He is the Director of the microStretching® Clinic, the first in the world to pioneer the development of therapeutic and performance enhancement microStretching®. This recovery and regeneration technique, based on functional-clinical anatomy has been used to treat many professional, elite, amateur athletes, as well as individuals suffering from various musculoskeletal disorders.

Nikos was awarded both his PhD (Muscle Physiology and inflammation) and his MPhil from University of Wolverhampton (UK) and his BPHE (Sports Medicine) from the University of Toronto (CAN). He is currently an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto as well as a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and the International Society of Exercise and Immunology (ISEI). He has lectured and worked internationally as a consultant and therapist to various sports organizations and federations.

Michael S. Chemello, ATC, ITAT, BSc in Athletic Training (B.S.A.T)

Michael Chemello graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. He is a certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) by the board of certification (BOC). BOC Certified Athletic Trainers are educated, trained, and evaluated in five practice domains. Injury and illness prevention and wellness promotion, examination, assessment and diagnosis, Immediate and emergency care, therapeutic intervention and health care administration and professional responsibility. As part of his curriculum, he has completed many clinical hours as a student athletic trainer. He was selected as a Florida-Canada Linkage award recipient and obtained many academic and athletic accomplishments. Prior to his education at Florida Gulf Coast University he graduated from Humber College with a Diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion. Michael’s background in athletics and health goes beyond his post-secondary education. He grew up playing hockey in the Greater Toronto Hockey League and continued to play collegiately (ACHA) and minor professionally in Germany and the United States. Currently he is preparing for the Canadian Athletic Therapist Association (CATA) exam.

Tom Ramanauskas BPHE, BEd

Tom Ramanauskas brings a wealth of pedagogical knowledge to the team. Being an educator for many years, he is able to best articulate the concepts and principles of microStretching®. Tom has been working with Nikos since the inception of microStretching® (1995), in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He completed his bachelors of Physical and Health Education (BPHE), University of Toronto (1987), and Bachelor of Education, Nipissing University (1995). As both an educator and a coach, Tom continues to provide a fresh outlook and ideas applicability of microStretching® to various sporting endeavors and musculoskeletal issues.

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