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Assessing Pediatric and Adolescent Patients

presented by Lauren Butler, PT, DPT, SCS and Jeffrey Fernandez, PT, DPT, OCS

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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. Financial: Jeffrey Fernandez is an adjunct professor at Florida International University. He receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Lauren Butler has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course. Non-Financial: Jeffrey Fernandez 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: 57 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 44 Minutes

Knowledge of pediatric-specific assessment tools is lacking in the general orthopedic and sports rehabilitation clinician. This course will provide clinicians with an overview of clinically relevant tools to assess both structure and function in the pediatric and adolescent athlete. This course will cover the implementation of standardized assessment tools to evaluate structural alignment of the upper extremity, lower extremity, and trunk in the young athlete. It will also cover assessments of motor skill competency, strength, fitness, and resistance training readiness. This is an advanced course for physical therapists and athletic trainers working in outpatient centers or sports facilities.

Meet Your Instructors

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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Jeffrey Fernandez, PT, DPT, OCS

Jeffrey Fernandez is a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami, Florida. Following graduation from Florida International University with a doctorate in physical therapy in 2013, Jeffrey completed an orthopedic residency at the University of Florida. In addition to treating patients with orthopedic conditions, Jeffrey has lectured in physical…

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1. Assessment of Upper Extremity Alignment

This chapter will review practical assessment techniques for the upper quarters. These techniques will help the clinician quantify observations, determine appropriateness of interventions, and assess the efficacy of the interventions.

2. Assessment of Lower Extremity Alignment

This chapter will review practical assessment techniques for the lower quarters. These techniques will help the clinician quantify observations, determine appropriateness of interventions, and assess the efficacy of the interventions.

3. Assessment of Posture

This chapter will review practical assessment techniques for posture. These techniques will help the clinician determine appropriateness and efficacy of interventions. Additionally, screening for scoliosis for appropriate referral will be discussed.

4. Movement Competency

This chapter will cover the implementation of assessment tools to evaluate motor skill competency in the young athlete/patient. As pediatric/adolescent clinicians, screening for motor skill deficiency is critically important in identifying youth with low motor competency.

5. Assessing Strength and Fitness in Kids

This chapter will instruct the clinician on how to implement standardized assessments of strength and fitness in the young athlete/patient. Strength and fitness are important components to ensuring a full and safe return to sport for many of our young athlete patients and thus should be included in the assessment.

6. Determining Readiness for Resistance Training

This chapter will review the benefits of youth resistance training, how to determine resistance training readiness, and how to safely begin a resistance training program. Understanding these concepts will help the clinician prescribe appropriate treatment interventions.

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