Injury and Special Populations (ISP)

Teacher Training

The Injury and Special Populations course equips you with the skills and in-depth knowledge required to address a broad range of physical challenges among your clients. Successful completion of this and all Advanced Courses is required for full STOTT PILATES® Certification. At the completion of this series of lecture-demonstrations, you will be able to customise your clients’ workouts to address particular weaknesses, conditions, postural problems or injuries.

General Course Objectives

  • How to apply STOTT PILATES® biomechanical principles of core stability, peripheral mobility, breathing and alignment to relevant exercises
  • Breakdown of essential and intermediate level exercises
  • Exercise essence, muscular initiation and movement sequencing
  • Variations to increase or decrease exercise intensity
  • Modifications for specific body types, postural issues and conditions
  • Effective communication, visual skills, verbal cuing and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation

In addition to general course objectives you learn:

  • How to address a variety of injuries, weaknesses and conditions including lower back pain, spinal conditions, hip and knee replacements
  • Treating shoulder problems, neck and shoulder tension, fibromyalgia, arthritis, pregnancy
  • Application of appropriate STOTT PILATES® biomechanical principles
  • Workout design for personal training programs and speciality classes
  • Appropriate modification of matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Stability Chair™ and Barrels exercises
  • Effective communication, visual skills, verbal cueing and imagery for client motivation


  • You must have completed IMP or IR courses prior to starting ISP

Course Duration:

24 hours instruction, 16 hours review and practice teaching conducted over four to six days

Course Materials:

Prior to starting the course you will need to purchase the following required course materials. To get the most from the course it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with these materials before you start.

Required Materials

  • Back Care™ Pilates Level 1 Video
  • Back Care™ Pilates Level 3 Video
  • Lumbar Stabilisation Video
  • Shoulder Stabilisation Video

Optional Materials

  • Back Care™ Pilates Level 2 Video

All of the above course materials are available to order when you enroll in the course, at which time a discount on the normal price is given.

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