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. Current Research
The cycle of injury and re-injury can be stopped by rigorous and scientific discharge and return-to-sport testing. This chapter discusses the research regarding lower-extremity return-to-sport test series.
2. Fundamental Testing
Discharge testing should begin with building blocks that comprise higher-level activities. This chapter examines the research regarding range of motion, strength, and fundamental movement testing.
3. Static and Dynamic Balance
Balance is essential for all activities of daily living as well as sport. If this foundation is not present, performance can be compromised and injury risk can increase. This chapter examines the range of balance testing from simple static balance to complex multiplanar movements.
4. Jump Movement Quality Testing
Once a foundation of strength, range of motion, movement, and balance has been established, the clinician must assess returning the person to higher-level activity. While exploring the risk factors for injury, this chapter examines the research on reliable jump movement quality tests. Additionally, the research regarding the psychological factors of return to sport are considered.
5. Lower-Body Power Testing
While it is clear that hop testing should be performed as part of return-to-sport testing, choosing appropriate hop tests can be challenging. This chapter focuses on selecting the best lower-body power tests and limb symmetry indices to use based on the latest research.
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