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Pre-Participation Evaluation: Medical and Musculoskeletal

presented by Todd Arnold, MD and Phil Plisky, PT, DSc, OCS, ATC, CSCS

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Phil Plisky is an equity partner at Functional Movement Systems. Phil Plisky receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. There are no other relevant financial relationships.

Nonfinancial— Phil Plisky 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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"This course will be retired and no longer available as of January 11, 2022. Please complete the course by December 31, 2021 to receive credit.

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The pre-participation physical exam can elicit a feeling of dread in the provider, as it can be time consuming and routine. How can you design and implement a meaningful pre-participation examination experience for your athletes? This course goes beyond simple clearance for safety and a routine system check and identifies ways to better manage the health of your athletes and prevent injury. In a unique approach, Dr. Arnold outlines a meaningful pre-participation physical exam from the medical perspective, and Dr. Plisky takes a deeper look at clearing the musculoskeletal system and preventing injury. This course engages the participant through detailed demonstrations, case studies, and a question and answer session with Dr. Arnold and Dr. Plisky.

Meet Your Instructors

Todd Arnold, MD

Dr. Todd Arnold is a primary care/sports performance physician with more than a decade of experience caring for athletes of all levels from scholastic to professional. He serves as a sports performance scientist for USA Track & Field, and he worked extensively with more than 50 athletes in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games, where…

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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. The Medical Evaluation

This chapter introduces the medical evaluation and provides an overview of the goals of the PPE, the timing and administration of the PPE, and validity concerns with the process. More specific situations such as administration in a group setting, requirements for the PPE, and examples are provided.

2. Pre-Participation Legal Considerations

Legal considerations such as FERPA and HIPAA guide the administration and process of the PPE. It is important for sports therapists to be aware of these requirements, especially how they affect emergency information, clearing an athlete, clearance paperwork, and other special considerations.

3. Movement Screening

How can you identify the players that will fail to adapt to their environment through lack of performance improvement, skill metric improvement, or time loss before they fail? That is where the functional movement screening provides critical information for preparing and protecting your athletes.

4. Motor Control Screening

This chapter provides context and detailed research into motor control screening tests and evaluations. Learn how to determine the athlete’s readiness for sport and identify risk factors that place the athlete at greater risk of injury.

5. Case Studies

Three case studies are presented to demonstrate some of the conditions commonly seen in the pre-participation evaluation. Demonstrations of some of the tests, discussions with the athletes, and therapist conclusions are included in this chapter.

6. Q&A Session

This chapter engages Todd Arnold and Phil Plisky in a discussion on some of the most common medical and musculoskeletal questions and concerns surrounding the pre-participation evaluation.

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