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Return to Sport and Discharge Testing

presented by 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.

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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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Phil Plisky presents this course on return to sport and discharge testing. Do you want to be more scientific with your return to sport and discharge decisions? Do you want to focus more on injury prevention but don't have the time or resources? Unfortunately, researchers have decisively found that previous injury is the number one risk factor for future injury and that modifiable motor control risk factors remain after rehabilitation. Fortunately, evidenced based tests exist to identify these risk factors and improve your confidence when making return to sport and discharge decisions. Further, these tests can be easily incorporated into clinical practice. You can dramatically impact your patient's health and reduce re-injury rates by making evidence-based, return to sport and discharge decisions. Dr. Plisky presents such measures including the Upper and Lower Quarter Y-Balance Tests, Functional Movement Screen, and Hop Testing. Watch these tests in action through a collegiate athlete case study while learning how to dramatically impact the health of your patients and reduce re-injury rates.

Meet Your Instructor

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 co-founder 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

1. Injury Risk Factors and Motor Control Changes Following Injury

Describe risk factors for future injury in sports. Evaluate how the motor control changes that occur after injury can affect return to sport. Understand why a systematic approach is necessary to prevent injury.

2. How are we Doing as Rehabilitation Professionals?

Connect the research regarding current rehabilitation outcomes to the need for systematic and stringent discharge testing. Utilizing ACL reconstruction as an example, apply patient outcome research to give prognosis for returning to sport. Describe the potential long term effects of not identifying motor control changes that occur after injury.

3. Testing Fundamentals

Describe the psychometric properties of a quality return to sport test. Apply the neurodevelopmental perspective to return to sport testing. The relationship of full knee range of motion and the development/treatment of knee osteoarthritis. Discuss parameters for return to sport for isokinetic testing after ACL reconstruction.

4. Functional Movement Screen

Identify the purpose of the Functional Movement Screen in the rehabilitation setting. Interpret results from the Functional Movement Screen as it relates to discharge and return to sport criteria. Describe conditions when Functional Movement Screening is appropriate in the rehabilitation setting.

5. Y Balance Lower Quarter Testing

Apply the research regarding dynamic balance testing to return to sport and discharge testing. Identify passing criteria for the Star Excursion/Y Balance Test Lower Quarter. Identify appropriate populations for dynamic balance testing.

6. Y Balance Upper Quarter Testing

Select the appropriate upper quarter test based on clinical scenarios. Identify passing criteria for upper quarter testing. Identify the differences between upper quarter tests discussed in the presentation.

7. Hop Testing

Discuss the research related to hop testing and ACL reconstructions. Identify which hop tests have discriminant validity. Apply hop testing to clinical case scenarios. Identify passing results for clinical hop testing.

8. Putting it all Together

Arrange evidence-based return to sport tests in a hierarchical fashion and define passing criteria. Describe regarding using multiple tests to place a patient in an injury risk category. Synthesize multiple return to sport and discharge test results to make an evidence-based return to sport decision.

9. Q&A

Phil participates in a Question and Answer session about his course topics.

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