presented by Phil Plisky, PT, DSc, OCS, ATC, CSCS
Phil Plisky, PT, DSc, OCS, ATC, CSCS
Phil Plisky, PT, DSc, OCS, ATC, CSCS, is an associate professor in the University of Evansville's Doctor of Physical Therapy program and is the cofounder of the Professional Rebellion, a community dedicated to helping physical therapists create the career of their dreams. His mission is to advance rehabilitation by inspiring those with the power to…Read full bio
1. Discharge and Return-to-Sport Testing Introduction
Return-to-sport and discharge decisions can have a lasting impact on our patients’ lives. This chapter discusses the research regarding previous injury and the motor control changes that occur after injury.
2. Identifying Injury Risk Factors
Not only should return-to-sport and discharge decisions determine if a person is ready to return to the desired activity, but they also need to screen for risk factors of future injury. This chapter examines the research regarding injury risk factors.
3. Test Selection
Selecting which tests to perform needs to go beyond range of motion and strength and sport-specific tests. By understanding the research regarding regional interdependence and using the neurodevelopmental perspective, you can create a comprehensive testing plan that ensures your patient is ready to return to activity and does not have risk factors for future injury.
4. Testing Movement
While most rehabilitation professionals understand the importance of movement in overall function and activity, it is essential that reliable and valid measures of movement be used in the decision to return a patient to sport and activity. This chapter focuses on the research of clinical movement assessment and screening to examine fundamental movement patterns through more complex functional movement.
5. Clinical Application of Return-to-Activity Testing
Regardless of a patient’s activity level, it is important to test dynamic balance as well as core function. This chapter explores the research regarding dynamic balance and tests.
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