Injuries & Special Populations – ISP

The Injuries & Special Populations (ISP) course builds on your STOTT PILATES® knowledge. It will teach you to customize workouts to address weaknesses, health conditions, postural problems or injuries of your clients. It is important to note that this course will NOT prepare students to diagnose or treat any specific injuries or conditions or prescribe exercises for these populations without consultation with an appropriate health practitioner (i.e. Physical Therapist, Physiotherapist or similarly recognized health care professional).

Note: Completion of ISP is required for full STOTT PILATES® certification, though the course content is not part of the certification exam.

General Course Objectives:

  • Discuss the Pilates Instructor’s role in the rehabilitative process
  • Examine the industry standards for screening clients and learn how to begin a Pilates program to safely and appropriately work with special populations
  • Discuss the three-level muscle classification system
  • Develop and be able to apply a rehabilitative approach based on current models of joint stability
  • Examine optimal and dysfunctional biomechanical patterns in various regions of the body
  • Review the most common injuries and special populations that may be encountered
  • Review appropriate exercise progressions for those injuries and special populations
  • Practice programming and appropriate modifications for specific injuries and special populations


Intensive Mat-Plus and/or Intensive Reformer


24 hours of instruction
No physical review, observation or practice teaching required

Continuing Education Credits:



Course: $1,205
Course Materials: $280 plus tax

Required Course Materials:

  • Injuries & Special Populations Support Materials Manual
  • Injuries & Special Populations Resource Guide
  • Be Kind To Your Spine DVD
  • Standing Tall DVD
  • Pain-Free Posture DVD
  • Spinal, Pelvic and Scapular Stabilization with Reformer and Vertical Frame DVD

Recommended Course Materials

  • Spinal, Pelvic and Scapular Stabilization on Equipment DVD
  • Peripheral Joint Rehabilitation on Equipment DVD