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Exploring Popular Questions About Evidence-Based Practice (Recorded Webinar)

presented by Kyle Kiesel, PT, PhD, Kyle Matsel, PT, DPT, PhD, SCS, CSCS , and Phil Plisky, PT, DSc, OCS, ATC, CSCS

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Financial: Phil Plisky receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. He receives compensation from Professional Rebellion and is an equity partner in Functional Movement Systems. Kyle Matsel receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. He is also a University of Evansville employee and a Functional Movement Systems instructor. There is no financial interest beyond that.

Nonfinancial: Phil Plisky and Kyle Matsel have no competing nonfinancial 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: 23 Minutes

Rehabilitation providers often have difficulty implementing evidence in patient care. Patients, clients, coaches, or referral sources depend on rehabilitation providers to address tough questions regarding patient outcomes, but all providers may not be up-to-date with the current recommendations based on the literature. The goal of this course is to provide real-world application of the research in clinical practice by addressing common questions that rehabilitation professionals may have in a variety of areas.
This course will address common evidence-based practice questions to better prepare athletic trainers and other providers to educate their patients and design optimal rehabilitation programs to improve outcomes. The questions addressed in this course include

1) Does graft type influence your rehabilitation process after ACL reconstruction?
2) What factors influence the decision-making process of whether patients with a lumbar spondylolisthesis should be braced?
3) Are group-based arm care programs effective at reducing injury incidence?

Meet Your Instructors

Kyle Kiesel, PT, PhD

Dr. Kiesel is a professor of physical therapy at the University of Evansville and a cofounder of the Functional Movement System. During his 20 years in academics, he has spent 9 years directing programs in athletic training and physical therapy. His areas of research include motor control of the core, breathing, and functional movement testing…

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Kyle Matsel, PT, DPT, PhD, SCS, CSCS

Dr. Matsel is faculty at the University of Evansville, where he teaches in the musculoskeletal content areas of the Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum. He received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Evansville in 2011 and his PhD in rehabilitation sciences from the University of Kentucky in 2021. Dr. Matsel is…

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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…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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1. What Factors Influence Bracing Decisions in Athletes With Lumbar Spondylolisthesis?

It is crucial that the clinician accurately identify flexion vs. extension pain in athletes with lower back pain (LBP). Clinicians also must understand the diagnostic findings of the specific lesion, as this directly relates to return-to-play planning. Additionally, common movement impairments, often not identified in routine LBP care, can be identified and addressed through a movement-based regional interdependence approach.

2. Are Group-Based Arm Care Programs Effective at Reducing Injury Incidence?

Arm care exercise programs have evolved to include both strengthening and mobility throughout the entire kinetic chain. In this chapter, the learner will become familiar with the arm care programs that have been shown to reduce injury incidence, including specific exercises and dosage.

3. ACL Graft Selection and Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation providers are frequently involved in assisting patients with the decision of whether to reconstruct the ACL or not. Applying the research to patient scenarios will assist the patient and rehabilitation provider in making the best decision.

4. Question and Answer Session

This section is a viewer-submitted question and answer session facilitated by Phil Plisky and Kyle Matsel.

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