Rationale and Applications

Original Tai Chi Fundamentals® Program:  developed in 1996 by Tricia Yu, MA. Grounded in decades of teaching Yang Style Tai Chi full time to thousands of students, and presenting ROM Dance® Program training seminars to PTs and OTs since 1981 while learning from and collaborating with them.  Accessible and adaptable, TCF is a medical model program taught in a developmental sequence to foster motor control and success for people with a wide range of abilities.

Tai Chi Fundamentals® Adapted Program: developed in 2014 by Tricia Yu, MA. Includes Optional Side Support,  Walker Support and Seated versions.  Reflects ongoing collaboration with PTs and OTs.

Featured in: PT Magazine, Journal of Rehab Management, Medline Plus, The Gerontologist,APTA’s GeriNotes, Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, Self Care Tool Kit DVD for US Military Medical Providers worldwide, Wellness Program Management Advisor, American College of Sports Medicine’s Health and Fitness Journal, Massage and Bodywork, as well as Health, Prevention, Weight Watchers and Fitness Magazines, and Journal of Asian Martial Arts

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Professional CEU Courses since 2001: in collaboration with a number of physical and occupational therapists CEUs Granted by: PT Associations, APTA, AOTA, National Acupuncture and Sports Fitness Associations.

Applied Therapeutically in Clinical and Rehab Settings: many locations nationally including Mayo Clinic Health Systems, MN, Provena Health, Joliet, Il, Rehab1Network, St Louis, MO, Clinton Memorial Hospital, Dayton, OH, St Elizabeth’s Hospital, Appleton, WI, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chippewa Falls, WI, Hudson Hospital & Clinics Rehabilitation Care, WI, Meriter Hospital, UW Hospitals and Clinics Madison, WI, Aurora Health, Milwaukee, WI.

DPT Programs TCF has been taught at the following DPT programs: University of Wisconsin, Madison, Columbia University, Marquette University and Suny Downstate; and at Carroll University; Other University Programs: University of Missouri, Columbia OT Graduate Program, University of St. Francis, PTA Program, Ft. Wayne, IN; Physical Education, Wellness and Sports Science, Averett University, Danville VA.

Classes for Community-dwelling seniors and veterans: over 10,000 students have learned TCFin 20 states sponsored by health care facilities, health clubs, community based organizations, senior centers and VA Hospitals. Worksite Wellness Classes: taught to employees at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA for the past 12 years. Classes for Veterans: taught at William. S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison, WI,Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical CenterMilwaukee, WI, Oscar Johnson VA Medical Center, Iron Mountain, MI and Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital, Columbia MO. Classes for Cancer Survivors: Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, University of Missouri, Columbia. Classes for MS and Parkinson’s Patients: many locations nationally, including Stevens Point and Milwaukee, WI, Taos, NM.

Conference Presentations: at many state and national PT and OT conferences including APTA and AOTA Annual Meetings, ACSM’s Annual Summit Meeting; Arthritis Foundation’s Annual Scientific Meeting; International Tai Chi Research Symposium; National Wellness Annual Conferences,US Army Force Health Protection Conferences and Armed Forces Public Health Conference