SCS Prep Program

This self-guided SCS Prep Program is designed to give you the tools you need to pass the test, gain expertise, and elevate the profession — all while earning CEUs.

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In this program you will study advanced topics taught by the best instructors in sports therapy. With over 500 practice questions, this 16-week program will have you well-prepared for success on test day.

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The Hip: Assessment of Hip Injuries in Athletes

Presented by Ashley Campbell, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS and Mike Voight, PT, DHSc, SCS, OCS, ATC, FAPTA

The Hip: Assessment of Hip Injuries in Athletes

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The multilayered anatomy of the hip, as well as its close proximity to complex regions such as the lumbar spine and SI joint, can create a challenge for the orthopedic and sports clinician when assessing and diagnosing hip related pathologies. This course will break down the anatomy of the hip layer by layer with a focus on the critical structures relevant to physical therapy. We will then guide you through an organized examination of the hip and finally review radiographic and other advanced diagnostic imaging utilized in the evaluation of hip pathologies. Upon completion of this course, the participant should feel confident in their foundational knowledge of the hip anatomy, be able to perform a well organized exam of the hip, and understand the common findings and terminology associated with imaging of the hip.

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Pharmacology in Sport Part 1: NSAIDs and Pain Medications

Presented by Todd Arnold, MD

Pharmacology in Sport Part 1: NSAIDs and Pain Medications

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Video Runtime: 35 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 24 Minutes

How can the sports therapist effectively and safely manage sports medicine? This course by Dr. Todd Arnold provides a detailed overview of the body's response to medication. Dr. Arnold first introduces the intimate relationship of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to athletic medicines and then explores how a drug interacts and passes through the athlete. Common athletic medicines are then explored in depth, including appropriate usage and management. Through this in-depth course, Dr. Arnold will prepare the sports physical therapist to approach the effective management and understanding of athletic medicines through detailed course materials, dynamic graphics, and a question-and-answer session with physical therapist Dr. Katie Whetstone. This is the first course in a two-part series and should be viewed in sequential order.

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The Female Athlete Triad

Presented by Barbara Hoogenboom, EdD, PT, SCS, ATC

The Female Athlete Triad

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What gender differences exist between female and male athletes? Why are gender-specific considerations important for the physical therapist that examines, evaluates and treats female athletes? This course presents current information regarding the Female Athlete Triad, and how the physical therapist fits into the multidisciplinary identification, management, and wellness of female athletes with one or more component of the Triad. It also presents information specific to the exercise needs of the pregnant athlete. Give the best care to your female athletes by being attentive to special considerations that may present.

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Concussion in Sport: Practical Case Studies

Presented by Todd Arnold, MD

Concussion in Sport: Practical Case Studies

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Video Runtime: 32 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 24 Minutes

In this course, Dr. Arnold walks through four case studies dealing with concussion. In the case studies, Dr. Arnold demonstrates how to gather pertinent information from the athlete, identifies which assessments are appropriate to use in the clinic and on the sidelines, and emphasizes the clinical reasoning behind his treatment approach. Each case will cover a variety of issues that will enhance the learning from the lecture-style courses covering the concussed athlete, offering a deeper understanding of situations that arise and a platform for generating one's own style for communicating to those injured, as well as their parents and coaches. This updated case-based course is aimed at preparing physical therapists for the Sports Certified Specialist advanced certification exam but is appropriate for any therapist looking to expand their knowledge of concussion in sport.

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Emergency Management of Skeletal Injuries

Presented by Katie Whetstone, PT, DPT, SCS

Emergency Management of Skeletal Injuries

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Video Runtime: 71 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 39 Minutes

As physical therapists, we are often comfortable taking care of musculoskeletal injuries such as fractures and dislocations subacutely, but rarely do we witness and treat those injuries acutely. The sports physical therapist, on the other hand, must be ready at all times to skillfully and safely assess and manage these injuries when they happen during training or competition. In this course, the sports medicine team of Katie Whetstone (sports physical therapist) and Todd Arnold (sports medicine physician) will guide you through the practice of assessing, immobilizing, and otherwise treating acute musculoskeletal injuries through instruction and lab demonstration. Additionally, we will help you to monitor for signs of life-threatening injuries that are often associated with skeletal injuries and discuss return-to-play guidelines following skeletal injuries.

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Environmental Considerations for the Athlete

Presented by Katie Whetstone, PT, DPT, SCS

Environmental Considerations for the Athlete

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Video Runtime: 119 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 47 Minutes

Athletes compete in all types of environments, and the weather at sporting events can be quite unpredictable. But no matter the weather, the sports physical therapist needs to be ready to both prevent and treat weather-related injuries. The sports physical therapist plays a vital role in the safety of not only the athletes, but also the coaches, officials, and spectators of various athletic events occurring in all types of climates and conditions. In this course on environmental considerations for the athlete, Katie Whetstone (sports physical therapist) and Todd Arnold (sports medicine physician) will address the prevention and treatment of common weather-related injuries, such as heat illness, hypothermia, dehydration, and altitude sickness, and give tips for lightning safety during outdoor events. Katie and Todd will share their real-life experiences while answering your frequently asked questions regarding environmental safety.

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Management of the Cervical and Thoracic Spine in Sport

Presented by Kyle Kiesel, PT, PhD and Todd Arnold, MD

Management of the Cervical and Thoracic Spine in Sport

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Most athletes continue to participate in sport, despite aggravating spinal pain, limiting performance and increasing risk of a time-loss injury. How can we better diagnose and treat athletic back pain? Dr. Kyle Kiesel and Dr. Todd Arnold team up to present the best knowledge and application of treatment for the athlete with spinal pain. The goal of this course is to sharpen decision-making and examination skills of the sports physical therapist and to streamline treatment of athletes with neck and back pain that limit participation. Upon completion of this course, the sports physical therapist will also be able to appropriately guide the athlete through a movement-based exercise progression and utilize guidelines for improved return to play decision-making. Live case examples of patients with cervical and thoracic injuries will assist the sports PT in the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and patient/parent education.

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Lumbar Spine: Athletic Low Back Pain

Presented by Kyle Kiesel, PT, PhD and Todd Arnold, MD

Lumbar Spine: Athletic Low Back Pain

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Nearly 60% of athletes experience low back pain over the course of a year, but continue to play, limiting performance and increasing risk of a time-loss injury. In this course, Dr. Kyle Kiesel and Dr. Todd Arnold team up to present the best knowledge and application of treatment for the athlete with spinal pain. As experts in the field of sports medicine, Doctors Kiesel and Arnold specialize in the clinical examination and treatment of the lumbosacral spine. The goal of this course is to sharpen the decision-making and examination skills of the sports physical therapist in a clinical setting in order to streamline treatment of the athletes with neck and back pain that is limiting their participation. Upon completion of this course, the sports physical therapist will also be able to appropriately guide the athlete through a movement-based exercise progression and utilize guidelines for improved return to play decision-making. Live case examples of lumbar spine injuries will assist the sports PT in the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and patient/parent education.

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Track Your Strength

The SCS Prep Program is based on both practice areas and body regions in alignment with the Sports Description of Specialty Practice. Over 500 test questions are mapped to these two matrices so participants can track their strengths and weaknesses to prepare for the exam.

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Practice Exam

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Case Excerpt:

Your athlete is a 17-year-old male hockey player who went to the ER last night due to a head laceration. He had no other examination and would like to be cleared to play today. The patient reports a little headache around the area of sutures, but otherwise, reports feeling normal. While performing the concussion assessment in the training room prior to the game, you note that during his Romberg test there is significant sway consistently to the right with both double leg and tandem standing.

Question:

As the clinician, how would you continue in the assessment?
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The correct answer is "Note the positive test and continue your examination."

While a positive test should be noted, there may be other reasons for a positive Romberg test besides concussion, such as an old ankle sprain or knee injury. The positive test could help in diagnosing concussion, but should not be used as the only finding to diagnose concussion, and should not stop the exam.

Meet Our Instructors

Phil Plisky, PT, DSc, ATC/L

Dr. Plisky is an assistant professor at the University of Evansville's Doctor of Physical Therapy program. He is the director of ProRehab and the University of Evansville's Sports Residency Program as well as a practicing therapist at ProRehab. Dr. Plisky received his Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Evansville and his Doctor of Science degree in orthopedic physical therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Dr. Plisky is a board-certified orthopedic specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He is a NATA board-certified athletic trainer and a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dr. Plisky specializes in sport and orthopedic rehabilitation, with an emphasis on injury prevention in athletes. His research focuses on comprehensive movement testing and injury prevention among athletes, military personnel, and school-aged children. Dr. Plisky's research led to the development of the Y-Balance Test, and his fieldwork has garnered research grants totaling over $1.5 million in collaboration with multiple universities. Additionally, he consults for collegiate and professional teams, the military, and school systems to identify injury risk and offer prevention options. His peer-reviewed articles have appeared in numerous scientific journals, for several of which he serves as a manuscript reviewer. Dr. Plisky also presents internationally on the subjects of return-to-sport testing, injury prevention, and field-expedient movement testing.

Susan Falsone, PT, MS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, COMT, RYT®

Susan Falsone is currently the owner of Dr. Ma's Systemic Dry Needling and S&F: Structure and Function. Sue worked as the Head of Athletic Training and Sport Performance with US Soccer's Men's National Team. Sue worked at Athletes' Performance for 13 years, last serving as the Vice President of Performance Physical Therapy and Team Sport. She worked with the Los Angeles Dodgers for 6 years, last serving as head athletic trainer and physical therapist. She holds the distinction of being the first female head athletic trainer in any of the four major sports in the United States (MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA). She's a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy (SCS), a certified athletic trainer (ATC), certified orthopedic manual therapist for the spine (COMT) and a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Born in Buffalo, NY, Sue received a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Daemen College in Amherst, New York. She continued her education by earning a master's degree in human movement science, with a concentration in sports medicine, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was named a Distinguished Alumni at Daemen College and has been inducted into her high school's Athletic Hall of Fame (Kenmore West). Sue has presented at state, national and international level conferences in areas focusing on pillar strength, integration of physical therapy and performance training, and comprehensive kinetic chain assessment and rehabilitation. Her philosophy includes looking at the athlete as a whole person, working with the entire body to create an optimal environment for healing and performance training.

Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS

Jay Dicharry built his international reputation as an expert in biomechanical analysis as Director of the SPEED Clinic at the University of Virginia. Through this innovative venture, Jay was able to blend the fields of clinical practice and engineering to better understand and eliminate the cause of overuse injuries in endurance athletes. His unique approach goes outside the traditional model of therapy and aims to correct imbalances before they affect your performance. Jay wrote a book on running gait assessments: he is author of "Anatomy for Runners", writes columns for numerous magazines, and has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles. Having taught in the Sports Medicine program at UVA, he brings a strong bias towards patient education, and continues to teach nationally to elevate the standard of care for Therapists, Physicians, and Coaches working with endurance athletes. Originally from New Orleans LA, Jay completed the Masters of Physical Therapy degree at Louisiana State University Medical Center and is a Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist. Jay has had an active research career, and consults for numerous footwear companies, the US Air Force and USA Track and Field. His research focus on footwear and the causative factors driving overuse injury continues at Rebound, and provides his patients with an unmatched level of innovation and success. In addition to his clinical distinction, Jay is a certified coach through both the United States Track and Field Association and the United States Cycling Federation, and certified Golf Fitness Instructor through Titleist Performance Institute. He has a competitive history in swimming, triathlon, cycling, and running events on both the local and national level, and has coached athletes from local standouts to national medalists.

Mike Voight, PT, DHSc, SCS, OCS, ATC, FAPTA

Dr. Michael Voight has had a distinguished career as both an educator and clinical physical therapist for over 25 years. Throughout his career he has not only become one of the leading authorities in the rehabilitation of orthopedic and sports injuries, he has worked tirelessly to advance the knowledge of others as a clinician and educator by making significant contributions to the literature. Presently, Dr. Voight is a tenured professor with Belmont University's School of Physical Therapy in Nashville TN. In addition to working in academia, Dr. Voight is also recognized as a clinician of the highest caliber, and has worked with a number of high-profile athletic organizations. Throughout his career, Dr. Voight has served as a Team Physical Therapist in the NFL and NBA. In addition, Dr. Voight has consulted with various teams in MLB, NHL, and the MLS. Early in his career he became active within the United States Olympic Committee's Sports Medicine Division. He has worked at the Olympic Training Center, Olympic Festivals, Pan Am Games, Olympic Games, and has had the opportunity to travel to almost all of the different continents with various Olympic and national teams. Most recently, Dr. Voight works with the Professional Golf Association. His role with the advisory board of the Titleist Performance Institute allows him to consult on the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of golf injuries with many noted golf professionals. Dr. Voight has lectured extensively at various conferences, symposiums, and congresses both nationally and internationally having given over 700 professional presentations on a variety of orthopedic and sports medicine topics. Dr. Voight is a principle reviewer for the prestigious American Journal of Sports Medicine and actively resides on the editorial boards of several different journals. He played an instrumental role in the development of the North American Journal of Sports Physical Therapy and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. He has authored over 75 papers, textbook chapters on various topics, and has written three textbooks on functional exercise. In 1996, 2000, and 2009 he received the Distinguished Educator Award from the Sports Physical Therapy Section making him the only person to have received this award multiple times. Dr. Voight was honored again in 2010, when he was presented the inaugural SPTS "Lifetime Excellence in Education" award. Dr. Voight is a clinician, educator, and researcher who is regarded by his peers as one of the leading musculoskeletal physical therapists in the world. In 1997, he was presented the SPTS distinguished service award for his dedication to service. In 2008, he was presented the President's award for his career of service to the SPTS and was also presented the prestigious Ron Peyton award for career achievement. In 2010, Dr. Voight was elected into the SPTS Hall of Fame for a lifetime of excellence in sports physical therapy. His many accomplishments were again validated in 2011 when the American Physical Therapy Association presented Dr. Voight with their highest honor, naming him a Fellow of the APTA. He remains extremely active in patient care, education, and research activities and his lectures are both well attended and receive excellent reviews based upon his innovative presentation of the scientific evidence and the interactive, fun approach to teaching.

What's Included in the Program

Advanced Courses

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Practice Questions

Study with over 300 practice questions and recommended journal articles

Group Study

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