Teaching period

5th semester


Learning outcomes

The main target of the subject is to make students understand:

  • The disorders of movement, standing and balance, for kids with cerebral paralysis and patients with diseases of the peripheral nervous system,
  • The management of the muscle tone disorders,
  • The clinical and kinetic deficits on patients with diseases of the peripheral nervous system,
  • The way that physiotherapy affects the above.

Also, it is essential for the students to develop critical ability in order to choose the therapeutic intervention and practically exercise on specific clinical examples.


Teaching method

  • Video projections on various clinical examples
  • Demonstration of ways and methods of therapeutic intervention
  • Practical exercise


Week by week schedule

The lab part of Physiotherapy in Neurological Diseases I is summarised in 30 teaching hours, organised in 15 2-hour sessions, in which student attendance is mandatory.


Week Unit


Evaluation of Neurological Patients - Healthy Newborn


Cerebral Paralysis - Evaluation of Newborns from Supine - Prone Decubitus


Cerebral Paralysis - Evaluation of Newborns at Seated, Standing Position. Walking


Intermediate Evaluation


Functional Deficits - Lower Limbs, Sitting


Functional Deficits - Getting up and Walking


Motor Dysfunctions (Motor Standards and Countervailing)


Functional Education


Intermediate Evaluation


Facilitation Technique for Infants and Children


Physiotherapeutic Approach for Hypotonic Infants&Children


Physiotherapeutic Approach for Hypertonic Infants&Children


Intermediate Evaluation


Diseases of the Peripheral Nervous System: Clinical Findings - Functional Deficits


Sensibility Evaluation - Physiotherapeutic Approach for Acute Phase


Physiotherapeutic Approach for Subacute - Chronic Phase





Textbooks/reference material

In English

  1. Campell S, Palisano JR, Vander WD (2006): Physical Therapy for Children. Published by Saunders
  2. Shumway-Cook & Woollacot (2007): Motor Control, 3rd edition. Published by Lippincot Williams-Wilkins
  3. AdlerS.S, BeckersD., BuckM. (2000). PNF in practise:An illustrated Guide.3th ed. Springer
  4. Cakit D.B.,Saracoglou M., Genc H., Erdem R.H., Leventinan (2007). The effects of incremental speed-dependent treadmill training on postural instability and fear of falling in Parkinson’s disease.Clinical Rehabilitation, Vol. 21, pp 698-705
  5. Carr J., Shepherd R. (1998). Neurological Rehabilitation - optimizing motor performance. Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford.
  6. Madhu K. (2008). Brain development: anatomy, connectivity, adaptive plasticity, and toxicity. Metabolism Clinical and Experimental 57 (Suppl 2): 2–5.
  7. Smith K.L., Weiss L.E., Lehmkuhl (1996). Brunnstrom’s Clinical Kinesiology. F. A. Davis Company.


In Greek

  1. BobathB. (2005) Ενήλικας Ημιπληγικός. (Μετάφραση Αγγλικής Έκδοσης) Επιστημονικές Εκδόσεις Παρισιάνου, Αθήνα (HemiplegicAdult)
  2. Carr J., ShepherdR. (2004) Νευρολογική Αποκατάσταση. (Μετάφραση Αγγλικής Έκδοσης) Επιστημονικές Εκδόσεις Παρισιάνου, Αθήνα (NeurologicalRehabilitation)



Laboratory assessment of Physiotherapy in Neurological Diseases I takes place on a daily basis with three more formal exam-type assessments which comprise of practical demonstration of techniques and methods from students. Except from the daily evaluation of students and the intermediate evaluation, a final examination takes place at the end of the semester. This examination is conducted by the teaching professors personally with the students divided in pairs, in order to recreate the skills they have obtained during the semester on each other. The final grade of the subject derives from the average of the theoretical and laboratory part and has to be 5 out of 10 or higher. Nevertheless, the students need to achieve 5 out of 10 for each of the parts to consider the subject passed. The examination’s duration is 15-30 minutes. After passing the theoretical and laboratory part, the students are awarded with 5 ECTS credits.

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