2241 – Hypermobility

Intermediate / 1-hour Lecture


Faculty: Lynda Keane, BSc



Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder affects 20-40% of the population and often goes for many years without an official diagnosis. This course will help you understand what this condition is, how to recognize the signs and what it means to have this condition. We will take an in-depth look at the new classification, definition and characteristics of hypermobility spectrum disorder. By understanding the physiology and biopsychosocial effect that hypermobility can have on an individual, we will appreciate the impact and consequences that this condition can have on everyday life. 


We will consider the adaptations needs for an individual who is probably challenged by the simplest activities of daily living. We will learn how to design a training program to suit a person’s individual needs, what we need to take into account when designing a program, and how to adapt a group class for stability challenged individuals.



1)  Identify the new classification for Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder and its associated characteristics.

2)  Explore the physiology of the condition and discover the signs of joint hypermobility.

3)  Determine the biopsychosocial aspect and implications.

4)  Examine what hypermobility means to an individual who has this condition.

5)  Review the implications of exercise on the condition.

6)  Analyze the adaptations needed to teach a client with hypermobility.


FACULTY: Lynda Keane, BSc, specializes in aquatic rehabilitation in the UK and has a degree in sports rehabilitation and injury prevention. She works with orthopedic and musculoskeletal clients including many with hypermobility. Lynda guest lectures at a UK University in aquatic therapy and writes and presents many workshops for Hydro-Actif.