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Todd Arnold, MD
Dr. Todd Arnold is a primary care/sports performance physician with over a decade of experience caring for athletes of all levels from scholastic to professional. He serves as a sports performance scientist for USA Track and Field, and has worked extensively with over 50 athletes in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games, where the team…Read full bio
Phil Plisky, PT, DSc, OCS, ATC, CSCS
Dr. Plisky is an Assistant Professor at the University of Evansville’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. He is the Director of ProRehab and University of Evansville’s Sports Residency Program, as well as a practicing therapist at ProRehab. Dr. Plisky received his Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Evansville and his Doctor of…Read full bio
1. The Medical Evaluation
This chapter introduces the medical evaluation and provides an overview of the goals of the PPE, the timing and administration of the PPE, and validity concerns with the process. More specific situations such as administration in a group setting, requirements for the PPE, and examples are provided.
2. Pre-Participation Legal Considerations
Legal considerations such as FERPA and HIPAA guide the administration and process of the PPE. It is important for sports therapists to be aware of these requirements, especially how they affect emergency information, clearing an athlete, clearance paperwork, and other special considerations.
3. Movement Screening
How can you identify the players that will fail to adapt to their environment through lack of performance improvement, skill metric improvement, or time loss before they fail? That is where the functional movement screening provides critical information for preparing and protecting your athletes.
4. Motor Control Screening
This chapter provides context and detailed research into motor control screening tests and evaluations. Learn how to determine the athlete’s readiness for sport and identify risk factors that place the athlete at greater risk of injury.
5. Case Studies
Three case studies are presented to demonstrate some of the conditions commonly seen in the pre-participation evaluation. Demonstrations of some of the tests, discussions with the athletes, and therapist conclusions are included in this chapter.
6. Q&A Session
This chapter engages Todd Arnold and Phil Plisky in a discussion on some of the most common medical and musculoskeletal questions and concerns surrounding the pre-participation evaluation.