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Returning the Injured Athlete to Sports: New Concepts in ACL Rehabilitation

presented by Robert Donatelli

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Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Lumbar pelvic control and power in the hips and lower legs are essential for improvement in performance and the reduction of injures in the Athlete. This course will review the anatomy and mechanics of knee that pertain to balance, stability, and power. An over view of dynamic visual acuity and perturbation training with emphasis on the athlete will be presented. Several different types of lower extremity dysfunction including ACL rehab will be discussed. Neuromuscular training and eccentric strengthening will be demonstrated in lab and developed into rehab protocols. Evidence based evaluation tools will be developed into and extensive assessment of muscle imbalance within the knee. Finally, implementation of rehabilitation programs individualized according to evaluative findings will be reviewed/discussed and demonstrated in case studies, utilizing the research based findings discovered through the course.

Meet Your Instructor

Robert Donatelli, PhD, PT

From March of 2004 to August of 2004 Dr. Donatelli worked as a physical therapist on the PGA tour helping treat injuries sustained by the golf professionals. In addition, he has served as a Physical Therapy Consultant to the Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Teams. Donatelli has lectured throughout the United States,…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

1. Overview

Explain the importance of knowing when greater anterior shearing forces are occurring. Connect the movements that can produce increased and decreased shearing forces to the ACL. Define three tests that emphasize the vestibular, vision, and somatosensory systems which provide balance. Explain the factors that are responsible for greater ACL tears in female athletes compared to male athletes.

2. Vestibular Training and ACL Rehabilitation

Explain the importance of the relationship between the vestibular-ocular reflex (VOR) and dynamic visual acuity. Explain which test is most reliable and valid in determining vestibular dysfunction. Connect patient history responses to vestibular-ocular reflex dysfunction. Define saccades, smooth pursuit and optokinetics and their importance in the vestibular-ocular system.

3. Demonstrations

Define three exercises that are important for returning an athlete to sport following an ACL repair. Define what exercises are beneficial in restoring a normal vestibular-occular reflex. Define what exercises are beneficial in improving hand-eye coordination.

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