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Course Details : Sports Injury Course

Specialized Care for the Young Athlete - A Rehabilitation Perspective

Specialized Care for the Young Athlete - A Rehabilitation Perspective

  Contact Hours : 8 Hours

Course Description

This 1 day course emphasizes key considerations of youth athlete lower extremity injuries and rehabilitation principles.  Time will be spent understanding the anatomical and physiological principles that make the youth athlete unique and identify specific differences between youth and adult athletes.  Common lower extremity injuries of both overuse and traumatic etiology will be covered, with special attention placed on the management of pediatric anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries and injury prevention strategies.  The course will utilize current evidence to outline effective rehabilitation strategies and allow attendees to return to the clinic with improved understanding and updated treatment ideas for these commonly encountered issues. 

Course Objectives

At the end of the course the learner will:


  1. Understand anatomical and physiological differences between children and adult patients and how they relate to youth specific injury patterns and rehabilitation.
  2. Describe the pathogenesis, diagnosis and appropriate management techniques for both traumatic and overuse injuries in the lower extremity of the youth athlete.
  3. Review the performance and diagnostic accuracy of orthopedic special tests for various lower extremity injuries.
  4. Identify potential risk factors related to the development of overuse injuries in youth athletes.
  5. Utilize evidence based decision making to identify appropriate referral for acute lower extremity injuries.
  6. Apply the most recent evidence for guidance in exercise prescription during rehabilitation for a variety of lower extremity injuries.
  7. Understand pediatric specific surgical management strategies for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.
  8. Apply evidence based post-operative rehabilitation and return to sports strategies for skeletally immature patients after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.
  9. Identify risk factors and remediation strategies for anterior cruciate ligament injury or re-injury within the youth population.
  10. Describe the efficacy of youth specific injury prevention programs. 
  11. Discuss the relevant pros and cons of youth sports specialization.


Course Agenda


7:30 AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 AMIntroduction: The Child Athlete: Not Just Small Adults
8:55 AMBreak
9:00 AMCommon Pediatric and Adolescent Athletic Hip Injuries:
Diagnosis and Rehabilitation Strategies
9:55 AMBreak
10:00 AMCommon Pediatric Sports Injuries of the Knee
10:55 AMBreak
11:00 AMPatellofemoral Pain: Updates in Evidence Based Management
12:15 PMLUNCH (on your own)
1:00 PMSpecialized Topics: Pediatric Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries
2:25 PMBreak
2:30 PMCommon Pediatric Sports Injuries of the Foot & Ankle
3:25 PMBreak
3:30 PMSpecialized Topics: Lower Extremity Injury Prevention for the Young Athlete
4:25 PMBreak
4:30 PMSpecialized Topics: Sports Specialization in Young Athletes – Good or Bad?
5:00 PMQuestions & Answers
5:15 PMAdjourn

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Contact Info

Renietta Dias
PTS Program Director
743 Trago Creek Drive
Ballwin MO 63021

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