Sports Injuries of the Pediatric Patient: The Foot and Ankle

presented by David Piskulic

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This course with Dr. David Piskulic discusses sports injuries and non-congenital deformities and conditions that occur in pediatric patients. Participants will identify common orthopedic injuries of the foot and ankle that occur in pediatric populations, which include ankle and foot sprains, fractures, and apophysitis. Dr. Piskulic demonstrates how to apply appropriate rehabilitation techniques for these lower extremity injuries. Participants will learn how to progress a patient towards re-assessment of their injury via outcome measures, and how to apply return to sports tests to assess appropriateness for return to activity.

Meet Your Instructor

  • David  Piskulic, DPT, SCS, ATC/L

    David Piskulic, DPT, SCS, ATC/L

    David Piskulic, DPT, SCS, ATC, is a Pediatric Physical Therapist for St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO. He received his BS in Exercise Science and Athletic Training at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He is an NATA board certified Athletic Trainer and is also an APTA board certified Sports Clinical Specialist. He has over a decade of experience in both athletic training and physical therapy working with young and professional athletes. Previous experiences include serving as an athletic training intern with the Kansas City Chiefs and providing medical care and sports performance training for high school, DI, DII, and Olympic Level athletes. In the past, David has worked extensively with St. Louis Children’s Hospital as well as experience with Seattle Children’s Hospital in developing throwing programs and return to sports protocols to return young athletes to competitive play. He is a team member of the Young Athlete Center, a multidisciplinary treatment approach working in collaboration with multiple clinicians at Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Hospital to provide comprehensive care to pediatric and adolescent athletes. He is a lab assistant with the Washington University Program in Physical Therapy and is an active speaker, lecturer, and blogger on topics related to sports pediatric physical therapy, overhead throwing injuries, and return to sports testing for pediatric athletes.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Ankle and Toe Sprains and Strains

    1. Ankle and Toe Sprains and Strains

    In this course, each chapter will identify groupings of particular diagnoses of the foot and ankle. The first chapter covers ankle and toe sprains. Participants will learn how to identify and apply appropriate rehabilitation techniques for ankle and toe sprains.

  2. Ankle and Foot Fractures

    2. Ankle and Foot Fractures

    Chapter 2 identifies common fractures that occur in the ankle and foot. Participants will learn appropriate management and rehabilitation techniques for ankle and foot fractures.

  3. Apophysitis

    3. Apophysitis

    In this chapter, participants will review the mechanism of injury, as well as signs and symptoms, for Iselin’s Disease and Sever’s Disease. They will identify management and treatment techniques of apophysitis, as well as examine clinical cases of Sever’s disease.

  4. Tendinopathy

    4. Tendinopathy

    Dr. Piskulic discusses common tendinopathies and fasciitis of the foot and ankle. Participants will learn mechanisms of injury and how to recognize signs and symptoms. They will review treatment and management of techniques of tendinopathy and fasciitis.

  5. Ankle Impingement

    5. Ankle Impingement

    This chapter will teach the participant to identify and diagnose posterior and anterior impingement. They will learn to apply treatment and management techniques of ankle impingement.

  6. Rehabilitation Progression

    6. Rehabilitation Progression

    The final chapter of this course reviews the progression of the patient’s rehabilitation in regards to return to sports testing as well as injury prevention.