Bobath Concept

The Bobath Concept is a problem solving approach to the assessment and treatment of individuals with disturbances of function, movement and postural control due to a lesion of the central nervous system. This approach to the rehabilitation of adults with central nervous system pathology originated in the work of Berta and Karel Bobath and has evolved over more than half a century. The rationale for current practice is based upon present day knowledge of motor control, motor learning and neural plasticity, as well as on knowledge of biomechanics.


Course 1: Bobath Courses offered by the BBTA (British Bobath Tutors Association)

The Bobath Concept is taught in stages from Introductory level courses to advanced levels. 

That is, you have to start with the Introductory Module 1 and work your way up the levels. Module 1 is described below, details about further modules can be found on the BBTA website, link is provided below as well. 


Courses are offered to qualified physiotherapists and occupational therapists working in or interested in neurological rehabilitation.



Introductory Course Titles

Module 1 - What is Normal Movement?

Module 2 - Assessment & treatment of adults with neurological conditions

Module 3 - Assessment & treatment of adults with neurological conditions

Succeeding Course Titles

Basic Bobath - Adult Neurological Conditions

Advanced Bobath - Adult Neurological Conditions

Advanced Bobath - Themed

Additional BBTA Courses & Workshops


Module 1: Introduction to The Bobath Concept : What is normal movement?

Course description

This two day module is designed to introduce participants to the concept of movement analysis in the assessment and treatment of adults with neurological or neuromuscular dysfunction.

The module consists of a theoretical introduction to movement analysis, practical sessions, and a patient demonstration.


Course aims

To discuss movement analysis based on The Bobath Concept.

To explore and enhance skills of observation, analysis and facilitation in a neurologically intact subject.

To link the evidence base and clinical practice.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, the participants should be able to:

  • Describe key components relating to the analysis of positions / postural sets (sitting / standing) and movement sequences (sit to stand to sit.)
  • Identify key characteristics of efficient movement performance and recognise potential causes for lack of efficiency.
  • Understand the wide postural and tonal variations in the normal adult population.
  • Demonstrate efficient handling skills to facilitate movement from one postural set to another (sit to stand to sit.)
  • Apply knowledge of movement analysis to the assessment and treatment of patients with neurological dysfunction.

Who is this course suitable for?

Qualified Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists working in neurology.



Applicants must be a qualifed PT or OT.


How to apply

Contact the course organiser directly as these modules are not organised by BBTA directly. Most course venues are in the UK, with majority in London. You can follow the link below to go directly to the course schedules, select the course whose location suits you then contact the organiser; details of all course organisers can be found on the page.


Course 2: Bobath Courses offered by Bobath Centre, UK


Bobath training courses are suitable for physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists or doctors who are working with children with cerebral palsy or have an interest in this area. The Bobath Centre offers a range of courses at introductory and advanced levels. More information about content and entry criteria can be found within the course descriptions. Training courses take place at the Bobath Centre, based in north London. The Centre can also offer courses, problem solving days or workshops at external venues, please email to enquire.

Applications for courses will usually be acknowledged within 7 days. For more information about the booking process, read the FAQs or send an email to


Or visit the website links below:


Introductory Bobath Course to the Treatment and Management of Children with Cerebral Palsy



12 Jun 2013 — 13 Jun 2013


Introductory level




Location: The Bobath Centre

250 East End Road

Who is the course for?

This is a course for physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and doctors who work with children with cerebral palsy or who hope to work in paediatrics in the future.


What and how will you learn?

The course is designed to give course participants an insight into the use of the Bobath concept through demonstrations, discussions and lectures.

Because of the introductory nature of this course, there will not be an opportunity for practical handling by course participants.


  • To familiarise therapists with the basic concepts that underpin the Bobath approach to treatment.
  • To demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of assessment and treatment using the Bobath approach.
  • To discuss the implications of an understanding of child development to the treatment of cerebral palsy.
  • To identify the features of spasticity and athetosis and demonstrate the treatment of children with these clinical features.

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