Contact Hours: 6

Descriptions: There are 23.6 million people in the US with diabetes, and for people born since 2000, 33% of males and 39% of females have a lifetime risk of developing this disease. This condition affects all racial and ethnic groups. This course presents a detailed overview of diabetes and its complications, risks, comorbidities, and management, as well as guidelines and precautions when engaging in exercise-based treatment in the clinic.


Joel Desotelle, MS OTR/L

Joel is an occupational therapist who specializes in neurological disorders in children and adults. He received his Bachelors of Science (B.S) degree in occupational therapy from Keuka College (Keuka Park, NY) in 1995 and his post-graduate Masters of Science (M.S.) degree from Misericordia University (Dallas, PA) in 2010. He holds a post-graduate certificate in pediatrics from Misericordia University (2006) and has worked in a variety of settings from out-patient pediatrics to in-patient adults. Joel is an experienced author and instructor who has presented on a wide range of topics including stroke rehab, neuromuscular disorders, autism, sensory dysfunction, dementia, falls, and outcomes-based therapy.

Course Text (required/Included): Hana Abdulaziz Feeney, MS, RD, CSSD and Gwen Hyatt, MS, : Exercise and Diabetes, 2d edition.  Tucson, AZ: DSW Fitness, 2010.

Audience: OT, OTA, PT, PTA, SLP

Skill Level: Entry-Level to Intermediate

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA

Teaching Methods: Course content includes the text, "Hana Abdulaziz Feeney, MS, RD, CSSD and Gwen Hyatt, MS, : Exercise and Diabetes, 2d edition.  Tucson, AZ: DSW Fitness, 2010.

Criteria for Passing: Each learner must complete all learning activities/handouts and pass a final exam to receive credit.

Course Objectives:

At the completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Describe the four types of diabetes including etiology, risk factors, primary treatment goals, complications, and treatment;
  2. Discuss exercise guidelines and precautions for working with individuals with diabetes;
  3. Describe the acute diabetic complications as well as common comorbidities that can affect clinical  treatment;
  4. Identify the special considerations including contraindications for exercise as well as criteria for termination of activity in the clinic;
  5. Design a treatment plan for a client who happens to have diabetes.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives

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3. Coursework

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4. Course Final and Survey

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The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion