Communication, Listening and Understanding A Stroke Survivor: Guides to Better Recovery


This webinar was live broadcast on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. You are purchasing a recording. You have 30 days from purchase date to download.

Presented by Tracy L. Markley

Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds in the United States. Based on the latest statistics by the National Stroke Association, there are nearly 7 million stoke survivors in the United States.  As fitness professionals, we usually meet survivors after they’ve had physical therapy sessions their insurance provided. Unfortunately, this is not enough to take most survivors back to their everyday life movements and activities prior to a stroke. Thousands of stroke survivors worldwide are left on their own, desperately seeking help to aid in their continued recovery, and are reaching to the fitness professional community.

In this webinar, expert Tracy Markley will be discussing the essentials needed for communication while working with a stroke survivor client. It’s important to understand that stroke survivors are not all the same. A professional and client must establish a good communication system for optimal recovery;  communication will help both the survivor and the fitness professional follow what pathways are being formed.

This introductory webinar will also discuss:

  • The power of having a strong knowledge of muscles and the biomechanics of human movement.
  • How to follow the brain’s lead in recovery.
  • How to understand and communicate to a survivor while working with them on issues such as drop foot, spasticity, balance, fatigue, aphasia, loss of cognitive skills, proprioception and spatial awareness.
  • How to educate a survivor and/or their caregivers to help with their communication to you as a professional, ultimately assisting the survivor in greater recovery.

For those interested in deeper knowledge of the topic after viewing the webinar, Tracy will also provide information on enrolling in her more in-depth online course.

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Tracy Markley is the Founder of Tracy’s Personal Training, Pilates & Yoga. Tracy graduated from Orange Coast College in 1998 where she earned her Fitness Specialist Diploma and a Dance & Group Leader Certificate.

Tracy has consistently continued to gain knowledge and education in the last 20 years to bring the best care possible to her clients. Tracy is a Certified Biomechanics Specialist, Sport Yoga and Battling Rope Coach by The National Exercise Sport Trainers Association (NESTA). Functional Anatomy of the Core by C.H.E.K Institute, Certified Postural Analysis Specialist and Total Body Flexibility Specialist with GMP Fitness, BOSU® Master Trainer Specialist, Group Exercise Leader by Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) as well as a Certification Examiner for AFAA. Certified Pilates and Yoga Instructor. Medical knowledge certifications including, Exercise and Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Breast Cancer and has studied the Brain and the neurological system and works with seniors and special populations in stroke recovery, neurological challenges and fall prevention.

Author of The Stroke of An ArtistThe Journey of A Fitness Trainer and a Stroke Survivor and Tipping Toward Balance, A Fitness Trainer’s Guide to Stability and Walking.

Tracy grew up in Long Beach California and her fitness studio was located in Huntington Beach for 17 years before she moved to Oregon in 2013 and rebuilt her business. Since she has been in Oregon she has had great success with her work with clients who are neurological challenges and stroke survivors. Tracy’s books were written to bring hope, knowledge and exercises to those in need as well as sharing her knowledge and experience with other fitness professionals.

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