6 Hour RMST Clinical Training Workshop
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Respiratory Muscle Strength Training Clinical Workshop

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Course Description:

This presentation will cover the basic principles and clinical utility of Respiratory Muscle Strength Training (RMST). It will include information on its theoretical underpinnings, report on outcome data, and present treatment approaches for patient groups using both inspiratory and expiratory training devices. Dr. Sapienza brings pragmatic information that is informative and interesting to clinicians worldwide.

Conventional means of addressing respiratory swallow and cough impairment will be reviewed prior to an in-depth review of emerging research supporting respiratory muscle strength training procedures in patient groups.   Benefits, limitations, clinical trial designs, and clinical applications of strength training paradigms will also be presented.

About Dr. Christine Sapienza:

Dr. Sapienza currently serves as provost of Jacksonville University. She is an academician, a strong female leader and mentor to 1000’s of students, with a professional career spanning more than two decades in college education. Dr. Sapienza holds a Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science and PhD. Today, Dr. Christine Sapienza is highly regarded throughout the country for her sustaining and innovative work in speech-language pathology. Dr. Sapienza’s expertise is relied upon by academic colleagues and clinicians worldwide.

Financial Disclosures:  Dr. Sapienza is being paid a speaker fee  for this presentation.

Non-Financial Disclosures: Although Dr. Sapienza is a co-inventor of the EMST150, she receives no financial benefit from the sale of the EMST150.

Content Disclosure: During the course, various RMST devices will be presented and an EMST150 device will be provided to each participant by Aspire Products, LLC.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify key anatomical and physiologic components of respiratory, swallow and cough, determining the effectiveness of RMST for patient care
  • Identify which patient populations respiratory muscle strength is considered effective
  • Demonstrate the ability to assess key measures of respiratory muscle strength and describe how these measures relate to the development of respiratory muscle strength training protocols
  • Demonstrate knowledge of available devices for respiratory muscle strength training and describe advantages & disadvantages of each, as well as applicability to specific patient groups
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan and implement respiratory muscle strength training protocols for patients
  • Assess respiratory muscle strength training outcomes in terms of measures of respiratory muscle strength, swallow and cough


Course Agenda:

09:45  Sign-On – Check Audio and Video

10:00   What is RMST: Review of Literature and peripheral mechanisms associated with inspiratory and expiratory strength training protocols? (1hr)

11:00   Airway Protection: Review of anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system, passive and active mechanisms of breathing, and the physiology of cough and swallow.(1hr)

12:00  Break

12:15  Applications for Assessment & Treatment, Demonstration (Use, Troubleshooting, Measurement) (2 hr.).  Device types will be reviewed, assessment and treatment protocols for both inspiratory and expiratory pressure threshold training will be covered, along with a demonstration of device use

2:15  Lunch Break

3:15    Cases and Critical Thinking: Evidence-based case, group, and randomized trials will be presented along with the associated outcomes for a variety of patient groups, including those with neurological, structural, and functional etiologies.(1.5hr)

4:45   Q&A – Attendees: bring questions regarding your current cases.(.5hr)

5:15  Complete Survey

5:30  Adjourn


ASHA CE Approved Aspire

Audience:  Speech Pathologists

Additional Course Information:

Handouts will be available in digital format prior to the event.
Respiratory muscle strength training devices and assessment tools will be demonstrated.

Course attendees who meet the completion requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion

You will receive an Aspire EMST150 device.  A code for an EMST150 device will be provided to each course participant with their paid registration courtesy of Aspire Products, LLC. Participants will be responsible for ordering their device in time to receive it for the workshop. Please allow at least 1 week lead time for the device to arrive in time. Please note that the device is not required to participate in the course.

Completion Requirements

In order to receive your certificate of completion you must:

  • Attend the entire course. Attendance is tracked by the Zoom platform.
  • Complete our course evaluation.

Refund Policy

Aspire Products reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. Should circumstances arise that result in the postponement of a registration or event, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer the registration to the same course at the new future date.

Registration Cancellation by Participant

Registration cancellations received prior to the course start date may be eligible to receive a full refund. The participant or credit card holder must make the refund request. Registration cancellations must be received at least 3 business days before the start of the course.

Non-discrimination Statement and Policy

Aspire Products, LLC does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

Special Needs:

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Gail Wiley at (252) 764-2842 or gail@emst150.com. Please be aware that 14 days advance notice is requested as some accommodations may require time for us to arrange.

Resolution of Complaints Policy

Participants having a complaint regarding this or any workshop should contact the CE Administrator either verbally or in writing within 7  business days of the event. Participants will be notified, in writing, within 10 business days regarding a resolution. Email the  CE Administrator Gail Wiley  @ mail to:  gail@emst150.com.  Phone: 252-764-2842.

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Date And Time

Sat, Jun 25, 2022 @ 10:00 AM (EDT) to
Sat, Jun 25, 2022 @ 05:30 PM (EDT)

Registration End Date

Fri, Jun 24, 2022



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