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Advanced Rehab Concepts for Pediatric and Adolescent ACL Injuries

presented by Lauren Butler, PT, DPT, SCS

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Financial: Lauren Butler receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nonfinancial: Lauren Butler has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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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Video Runtime: 65 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 39 Minutes

Evidence-based pediatric ACL rehabilitation guidelines are limited, thus adult rehabilitation guidelines are often followed for pediatric patients despite significant differences between these populations. This course will provide clinicians with a framework for the rehabilitation of the pediatric and adolescent athlete after ACL reconstruction, including benchmark testing for progression. This course will also provide guidelines for return-to-sport decision-making and secondary injury prevention. This is an advanced course for physical therapists and athletic trainers working in the outpatient or sports facility setting.

Meet Your Instructor

Lauren Butler, PT, DPT, SCS

Lauren Butler is a pediatric sports physical therapist at Nicklaus Children's Hospital and the supervisor of the Nicklaus Children's Sports Health Center. She earned her doctor of physical therapy degree from Florida International University and is a board-certified clinical specialist in sports physical therapy. Lauren has extensive training and expertise in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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1. Overview of ACL Injuries in the Young Athlete

This chapter will review the epidemiology, diagnosis, and clinical presentation of ACL injuries in the pediatric and adolescent athlete. Understanding how ACL injuries occur in the young athlete can provide the clinician important insights pertaining to secondary injury prevention and return-to-sport rehabilitation.

2. Clinical Movement Analysis

This chapter will improve the clinician’s assessment of movement pattern dysfunction in the young athlete during frequently performed athletic tasks. The clinician will be introduced to several standardized qualitative movement assessment tools that can be used for clinical decision-making.

3. Evidence-Based Treatment Through the Five Phases of Rehab

This chapter will introduce a task-based rehabilitation protocol for postoperative ACL reconstruction in the young athlete. Using a task-based protocol with functional testing for progression between phases will ensure that the patient is progressing appropriately through the rehabilitation process.

4. Return-to-Sport Decision-Making

This chapter will introduce a battery of return-to-sport tests to guide return-to-sport decision-making after ACL reconstruction in the young athlete. Understanding the key components to determining return-to-sport readiness is a critical component to reducing second ACL injury incidence.

5. ACL Injury Prevention

This chapter will review the key components of an effective ACL injury prevention program. Understanding the optimal design of injury-prevention programs will improve the clinician’s prescription of primary and secondary ACL injury prevention interventions.

6. Case Presentation

In this chapter, a case study will be presented and reviewed. The case presentation will facilitate critical thinking, clinical movement analysis, and return-to-sport decision-making after ACL reconstruction.

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