Education ESP prevention and rehabilitation therapist

Rehabilitation of patients with cardiopulmonary problem


Be effective movement therapeutic interventions in patients with cardiopulmonary problems (COPD, heart attack and heart failure) is introduced in this course.

Problems in the thoracic system is much more than just the heart and lungs. With progression of the problem to be next to the heart and lungs also the peripheral muscles, and consequently the entire oxygen transport system will be affected.

Therapy should therefore directly affect all components of the oxygen transport system. To make this possible, the knowledge of the physiology and pathophysiology of the oxygen transport system (general and specific to COPD and heart problems) from the sports science  context is necessary (endurance and strength) In this course, this extensively.

This results in a therapeutic concept that is not only safe and effective by COPD, and cardiac patients, but also in all the patient groups in which the oxygen transport system is a performance limiting factor.

This course provides insight into the extensive forms of training in which the physiotherapist teaches in a responsible manner to guide patients with cardiopulmonary problems


The participant can expertly advise by applying the newly learned interventions and methods of intervention in patients with COPD, myocardial infarction or heart failure. The participant can communicate on a professional level with doctors. The participant can, after this course cardiac patients (COPD and heart attack and heart failure) safe and professional support and advice (Blooms Taxonomiestufe 5).


  • The participant knows the physiology and pathophysiology of the oxygen transport in general and specifically for COPD and heart patients.
  • The participant knows the methods for influencing the transport of oxygen in general, and specifically for COPD and heart patients.
  • The participant will learn the indications and contraindications of an exercise program for COPD and heart patients.
  • The participant will be the medical and physiological performance, testing procedures such as blood gas analysis, pulmonary function and stress testing and learning can interpret them.
  • Participants learn to use effective and engaging training programs for COPD and cardiac patients.


Using reflective exercises, peer feedback and feedback from the lecturer in theory and practice, self-regulation of learning objectives based on case studies. During the course, a repetition of learning goals are performed by reflection.


  • Update and deepen the physiology and pathophysiology of the oxygen transport system
  • Update and deepen the physiology and pathophysiology of cardiopulmonary system.
  • Interpretation of medical and physiological tests.
  • Training strength and endurance.
  • Designing training programs.
  • Case studies.
  • Skillslab performance diagnostics, strength and endurance


The days consist of 3.5 hours a day for 60 minutes theory in the form of frontal and interactive education, followed by 3.5 hours of practical applications in small groups.
The theory prepares the basis for the practical implementation. In practice, there will be a variety of methods, testing and training exercises practiced


The course lasts 4 days. It is expected that the participant four hour tutorial follows in preparation.

Total learning time: 28 contact hours and 4 hours of self-study


24 participants


The course builds on the curriculum of schools for physical therapy. The expectation is that the knowledge and skills are mastered on the anatomy and physiology of the cardiopulmonary system. Sports scientific level will have some knowledge in the field of strength and endurance are needed.


physiotherapist / doctor / sports scientists

Special message to the participants: Sportswear for indoor and take off


Robert van den Berg

exercise physiologist, clinical exercise physiologist (ACSM)
Diving and Hyperbaric physiologist

Director ESP,
Researchers and biostatisticians
DAN Research Director of the “DAN DSL (Diving Safety Laboratory)” –
Project director of “Diving with Diabetes” – project