Returning the Injured Athlete to Sports: Lower Limb, Trunk, and Hip

presented by Robert Donatelli

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Lumbar pelvic control and power in the hips and lower legs are essential for improvement in performance and the reduction of injuries in athletes. This course will review the anatomy and mechanics of the Lumbopelvic region and hips that pertain to balance, stability, and power. An overview of dynamic visual acuity and perturbation training, with emphasis on the athlete will be presented. Several different types of lower extremity dysfunctions, including hip labral tears will be discussed. Neuromuscular training and eccentric strengthening will be demonstrated in lab and developed into rehabilitation protocols. Evidence-based evaluation tools will be developed into an extensive assessment of muscle imbalance within the Lumbopelvic and hips. Finally, implementation of rehabilitation programs that are individualized according to evaluative findings will be reviewed and demonstrated in presented case studies, utilizing the research-based findings in 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. Lumbo-Pelvic Complex

    1. Lumbo-Pelvic Complex

    Define the anatomy of the core as it relates to lower limb injuries in the athlete. Outline 6 complex movement patterns for the lumbar-pelvic-hip complex. Define stability exercised and relate their benefit to returning the injured athlete to sport.

  2. Anatomy of the Core

    2. Anatomy of the Core

    Explain the importance of the subtalar joint as a torque converter during rotation. Define muscle dysfunction and its role in transmitting and shifting load to the discs and ligaments. Explain the importance of stabilization to the spine. Outline the 3 components of the stabilization systems.

  3. Gait

    3. Gait

    Explain ‘waste basket’ terms associated with sports hernias. Identify common deformities of the femoral neck. Identify common impingements of the femoral head-neck.

  4. Assessment

    4. Assessment

    Explain the role of hip flexors and their importance during gait. Define the 3 movement patterns in triplanar hip movement. Explain the function of the gluteus maximus during gait. Identify the importance of the gluteus maximus during gait.

  5. Exercises

    5. Exercises

    Identify the importance of the adductors of the hip and why they should be strengthened. Explain the importance of strengthening the posterior fibers of the gluteus medius in returning an athlete to sport. Explain how external rotator strength is important to knee mechanics, especially in running activities.