What is the Prague School?
The Prague School of Rehabilitation and Manual Medicine was established by influential neurologists and physiatrists, including Professors Vladimir Janda, Karel Lewit, Frantisek Vele and Vaclav Vojta. The School emphasizes neurodevelopmental aspects of motor control in order to assess and restore dysfunction of the locomotor system and associated syndromes.

Dr. Craig Liebenson's PS2AD Series
The series translates Dr. Liebenson's knowledge of the School's philosophies and his notable clinical experience into a comprehensive knowledge- and skill-based seminar for health care practitioners and fitness professionals.

The PS2AD series will challenge the following paradigms:

  • Symptom-based to a focus on the source of pain in the kinetic chain
  • Passive to active rehabilitation (i.e., self-care oriented)
  • Clinician-centered to patient/athlete-centered
  • Output-based to outcome-based
  • Hardware (i.e., structural) to software (i.e., functional)




  • PS2AD Functional Assessment and Core Training Course Objectives
    Expand knowledge of rehabilitation and performance concepts, such as:

    • Difference between functional and structural pathology of the motor system
  • Tri-planar (sagittal, frontal and transverse) dysfunction
  • Regional interdependence in the kinetic chain
  • Relationship of pain and disability
  • Clinical significance of fundamental human factors (e.g., upright posture, single-leg stance, respiration)
  • Developmental kinesiology

  • Guide the application of this knowledge, thereby enhancing skill and technique in various assessment and treatment methods, such as:

    • Performing a functional screen
  • Performing an assessment-training-reassessment process
  • Determining when to progress and regress treatment
  • Determining functional goals and the appropriate starting point of care
  • Identifying where to mobilize versus stabilize

  • PS2AD Functional Assessment and Core Training Course Outline
    Day 1: Assessment
    • Functional pathology of the motor system
  • Introduction to the functional screen
  • The Clinical Audit Process (CAP): Finding the "functional training range"
  • The Magnificent 7: Functional screen of mobility, posture, balance, squat, lunge, respiration
  • "Grand rounds" clinical problem solving the Magnificent 7

  • Day 2: Core
    • Clinical Audit Process (CAP): Assess-correct-reassess process to determine how/when to progress/regress a "track" or choose a tangential (lateralized) "track"
  • The role of the diaphragm, pelvic floor and stabilization system in cylinder function
  • Basics of core stability from biomchanical and neurodevelopmental perspectives
  • Vleeming's straight leg raise; McGill's Big 3; wall bug; plank saws; plank roll; stir the pot; anti-flexion and anti-rotation dysfunction

  • Day 3: Mobilizations and Spine-sparing / Hip-hinging
    • External versus internal cues in facilitating skill acquisition
  • Fear-avoidance beliefs, threat and "guarded" movements
  • From fetal to upright posture -- the Verticalization Process: The T4 "Dead Zone"
  • Mobility versus stability: the hip/spine connection
  • Hip / T-spine / anterior chest wall mobilizations
  • Hip hinge and spine-sparing strategies
  • Squats