Levels of Certification

The Dardzinski Method
The Dardzinski MethodTM is a theory based upon more than a decade of experience working with spinal cord injury as well as current scientific research. Research on activity and how it relates to neurological paralysis has progressed rapidly in the last few years and through The Dardzinski Method Project Walk has stayed in the forefront of the industry.  
All Project Walk Specialists are certified in The Dardzinski Method and must have at least a bachelor’s degree in an exercise science program approved by our certification department. Many of our staff members have experience in personal training, athletic training, rehabilitation, and other areas of exercise physiology. With those base qualifications, new staff must also complete Project Walk's certification program. The program consists of four levels. The progression through these levels requires the completion of course work, hands-on training and possibly research. 
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Certified Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Trainer
Individuals employed at a Project Walk Facility must complete the Certified Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Trainer (CSRT) Program held at Project Walk Headquarters in Carlsbad, CA. This program consists of various online and in-facility courses that will introduce staff to spinal cord injuries and The Dardzinski Method®. This program also requires hands-on training and the completion of both written and practical exams. Once an individual has completed this program he/she may begin to train spinal cord injury clients and work towards their next level of certification.
To ensure our staff are the best in the world, the initial training program covers, at a minimum, the following topics:
  • Spinal Cord Injury 101
  • Introduction to The Dardzinski Method
  • Safety
  • The Five Phases of Recovery
  • Reducing Spasm and Tone Without Medication
  • Client Evaluations
  • Developmental Activity Scale
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation
  • Active Nervous System Recruitment
  • Core Strength Training
  • Upper Body Strength Training
  • Hands and Knees   
  • Elbows and Knees
  • Kneeling
  • Wall Routine
  • Total Gym
  • Combo Twist
  • Adductor Machine
  • Standing / Standing Frame
  • Lightweight Stack
  • Seated Calf
  • Spin Bike
  • Vibration Training
  • Over-ground and Treadmill Training
Certified Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Specialist
spinal cord injury education, research, certification, project walkCertified Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Specialists (CSRS) can obtain three different levels of certification. These levels possess different requirements in the areas of client tracking, course work, examinations, hands-on training, and even research. Project Walk provides its staff with various continuing education opportunities through the Project Walk certification program, online, and various agencies that are at the forefront of spinal cord injury recovery.

Level I Specialist Certification Requirements
    1,300 hours of hands-on training
    Successful completion of a final exam

Level II Specialist Certification Requirements
    4,000 hours of hands-on training
    Instructional experience with Home Recovery Programs and Train Your Trainer Programs
    Complete written and practical final exam

Level III Specialist Certification Requirements
    7,000 hours of hands-on training
    Complete research project focused on activity-based recovery
    Successful completion of thesis
Continuing Education

Project Walk prides itself on having the most knowledgeable and experienced staff in the recovery industry. To ensure our staff are continually advancing their skills we provide them with continuing education opportunities associated with both Project Walk and other rehabilitation providers.Staff trainings are available online through a special section of our Online Recovery Materials.

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