acl rehab

What are the keys to proper ACL rehab? There’s more to it than the traditional physical therapy approach. Return to Sport and Play considerations absolutely require a combination of advanced techniques and aggressive training, we’ll show you how.

Course Overview

ACL injury, surgery, and the subsequent rehabilitation have been researched, discussed, presented, and dissected possibly more than any other sport-related injury over the past 20 years. Given this intense focus, the injury remains all too common and devastating to those affected by it. There is a better way to rehab.

  • ACL injury predisposes athletes to subsequent injury
  • Psychological impact of injury often precludes continued participation
  • Return to Sport and Play guidelines, while properly intentioned, may not adequately assess impairments following ACL injury

There is a missing piece to proper post-ACL rehabilitation.

This course will provide a brief historical perspective on ACL rehab and current surgical approaches, but will quickly transition into the keys to proper ACL rehab. Return to Sport and Play considerations absolutely require a combination of advanced physical therapy techniques and aggressive strength training; it is the intent of this course to provide that information to allow an immediate change to the rehab of your ACL-injured patients.

Course Objectives

Here’s what you’ll learn.

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Injury Mechanism

Understand the how of ACL injury, including both non-contact and contact mechanisms
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ACL Injury Prevention

Is it possible? Is it worth the effort? We say yes and will explain the why’s and how’s. 

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Surgical Concerns

Be familiar with surgical techniques, including graft type, Anterolateral Ligament impact, intra-articular inflammation
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Strength-Based ACL Rehab Exercises

More than simply restoring range of motion and basic strength, you will understand the importance of absolute force and the rapid application of that force

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Early Rehab (0-3 Months)

Discuss the importance of criterion-based decision making, graft type implications, and changes based on meniscal involvement
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Return to Sport

Understand common assessments, decision-making criteria, psychological factors, and proper training for successful RTS

Day One Schedule

08:00-08:45ACL Injury Prevention I
08:45-10:00Lab
10:00-10:15Break
10:15-11:15Youth Injury Prevention
11:15-12:00Loading II
12:00-13:00Lunch
13:00-13:45ACL Injury Prevention II
13:45-14:30Lab
14:30-14:45Break
14:45-15:30Compliance
15:30-16:30Individual v. Team Sports

Day Two Schedule

08:00-08:45ACL Injury Prevention I
08:45-10:00Lab
10:00-10:15Break
10:15-11:15Youth Injury Prevention
11:15-12:00Loading II
12:00-13:00Lunch
13:00-13:45ACL Injury Prevention II
13:45-14:30Lab
14:30-14:45Break
14:45-15:30Compliance
15:30-16:30Individual v. Team Sports

what former students have to say

I have been blessed to work with thousands of students/course attendees over the years and each of them has helped me at least as much as I’ve been able to teach them. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with so many great people!

David has an insightful way of looking at injuries and the best way to prevent them. He doesn’t just present standard exercise or rehab protocols, he gives us real world information that we can use now. Jessica

DPT, CSCS, Arrowhead Physical Therapy

I met David when he came to lecture in China at Beijing Sport University. He had good information to share and it was well received by me and my classmates. I have incorporated this information in the research I now do. Thank you David. Feng

Researcher, China Institute of Sport Science

When I was pursuing my doctoral degree, David was one of our faculty members. He provided research to support what he taught, which I greatly appreciated. Not only that, he made us think by asking us many questions in reply to our questions. When he was done teaching the course, he remained a mentor and continues to help with professional issues to this day! Morgan

PhD, CSCS, Springfield

It was great having David teach our Biomechanics course. He supplemented the textbook information with situations and experiences he has had. So many times we have teachers that haven’t worked with athletes (which is what I want to do), it helps a ton to be able to have him share those athlete stories with us. It makes it more real. Sam

MS, ATC, CSCS, Briarwood Soccer Club

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