By the end of Building Better Bones (Level One) the student will be able to:
  1. Identify the consequences of osteoporosis.
  2. Understand bone physiology fundamentals.
  3. Understand the basics of bone density and bone quality testing.
  4. Identify risk factors for osteoporosis.
  5. Understand the effects of exercise on bone.
  6. Understand bone health nutritional guidelines.
  7. Understand the role of pharmaceutical intervention.
  8. Identify the components involved in a comprehensive assessment.
  9. Understand how to take an accurate height assessment.
  10. Administer the Senior Fitness test.
  11. Identify the safety tips that need to be part of your clients' exercise programs.
  12. Instruct patients in safe body mechanics and movement.
  13. Identify contraindicated exercises.
  14. Provide exercise modifications.
  15. Identify Yoga and Pilates exercises that should either be modified or left out of your clients' program.
  16. Identify and understand the most common fall prevention strategies.
  17. Administer the Fullerton Advanced Balance Scale.
  18. Instruct Beginner and Active level patients in appropriate balance training exercises.
  19. Identify the key elements in a postural assessment.
  20. Administer the Flexicurve for postural assessment.
  21. Instruct clients in postural cues.
  22. Instruct patients in postural retraining exercises.
  23. Instruct Beginner and Active level patients in safe and effective flexibility exercises.
  24. Instruct Beginner and Active level patients in safe and effective core exercises.
  25. Consider alternative approaches to bone building and the clinical implications related to osteoporosis.
  26. Identify the most beneficial cardiovascular exercises for low, moderate and high fracture risk patients.
  27. Understand the cause, diagnosis and treatment approach for vertebral compression fractures.
  28. Instruct Beginner and Active level patients in strength training exercises.
  29. Identify medical conditions/diseases and medication that impact bone health.
  30. Understand the benefits of Tai Chi as it relates to bone health.
  31. Learn about the resources on melioguide.com you can use with your patients/clients.

Building Better Bones


Since its launch in 2007, over 12,000 Physical Therapists (Physiotherapists) and Fitness Professionals have completed Building Better Bones.

This 2020 edition of Building Better Bones is newly updated with the latest research and developments in bone health.

At the end of this course you will have the knowledge you need to help individuals with osteoporosis, osteopenia and low bone density build better bones. 

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