Foundations of Returning the Injured Athlete to Sports: Muscle Physiology, Strength Training, and Eccentric Loading

presented by Robert Donatelli

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Muscle Physiology and Strength Training should be the foundation for improvement in performance and the reduction of injuries in the athletic patient. This course by Dr. Robert Donatelli will review strength training concepts, muscle physiology as it relates to strength training, specificity of exercise, and the overall benefits of strength training for rehab. Specific exercise types will be discussed including eccentric training, plyometrics, explosive weight training, and periodization concepts. Implementation of individualized rehabilitation programs based on to evaluative findings will be reviewed and demonstrated in case studies, utilizing the research-based findings discovered through the course.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Robert Donatelli, PhD, PT

    Robert Donatelli, PhD, PT

    From March of 2004 to August of 2004 Dr. Donatelli worked as a physical therapist on the PGA tour helping treat injuries sustained by the golf professionals. In addition, he has served as a Physical Therapy Consultant to the Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Teams. Donatelli has lectured throughout the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Australia, and at the Swedish Foot and Ankle Society. Dr. Donatelli is now running his own private practice, Las Vegas Physical Therapy & Sports, in Las Vegas, NV.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

  1. Overview

    1. Overview

    Outline each phase in the four phased approach to returning the injured athlete to sports. Describe the “Core” as it relates to the functional biomechanics described in this chapter. Define eccentric exercise and relate it’s benefits to returning the injured athlete to sports.

  2. Practical Muscle Physiology

    2. Practical Muscle Physiology

    Compare and contrast the different types of muscle fibers and justify how an understanding of their function can impact the design of a return to sport program. Explain the sliding filament theory of muscle contraction. Outline the role of ATP in muscle function. Compare and contrast function and purpose of the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems. Outline hormonal function and nutritional needs of athletes.

  3. The Keys to Starting a Training Program

    3. The Keys to Starting a Training Program

    Outline the muscle adaptations that occur during a strength training program. Compare and contrast the muscle hypertrophy that occurs in each of the different muscle fibers during resistance training. Identify the most common fiber type conversion that occurs in a prolonged program of resistance training. Explain the physiological adaptations of muscle seen as a result of High Intensity Resistance Training. Understand common imbalances in the shoulder, and core, and relate them to the appropriate functional exercises to correct those imbalances.

  4. Tendinopathy and Eccentric Loading

    4. Tendinopathy and Eccentric Loading

    Describe the benefits of eccentric exercises. Outline the damage and rebuilding processes that occur with eccentric exercises. Describe ballistic training and outline its purpose in a return to sport program. Identify the optimal combination of load and repetition when creating a strength training program.