injury prevention
Injury prevention . . . is it possible? Is it worth the effort? This seminar will cover the rationale for strategies to reduce the risk of ACL and other common injuries, briefly summarize the risk factors for various injuries, the evidence to support injury prevention programs, and discuss in detail the steps used to design an injury prevention program to reduce the relative risk attributed to modifiable risk factors.

Course Overview

Injury and illness are a part of everyday life for most athletes. When our athletes are pushed to the limit of their capabilities during sport preparation and competition, injury often occurs. When injury occurs, a list of negative events follows. Among other things,

  • Injury may predispose athletes to subsequent injury
  • Psychological impact of injury often precludes continued participation
  • The team suffers by having one less player
  • There is a financial burden to the athlete and the team

This is why protecting athletes and doing all we can to prevent injuries in training and competition should be the top priorities by those in whom they have entrusted their sporting success.

This course will provide an historical perspective on injury prevention and will answer the question, “Is it possible to prevent injury?” If it is indeed something we can do, how we do it and how we foster cooperation by others in the coaching and sports medicine community will be presented in such a way that changes can be made immediately.

Course Objectives

Here’s what you’ll learn.


Injury Mechanism

Understand the mechanisms of injury in knee, hamstring, ankle, shoulder, and elbow injuries

Common Injury Prevention Exercises

Demonstrate and teach exercises that reduce the risk of injury during sports participation

Injury Risk Screen

Perform screens for athletes that are at higher risk for initial injury or subsequent injury

Program Design

Understand three specific training concepts—specificity, overload, and progression—when designing a program to reduce the risk of injury

Injury Prevention Rationale

Discuss the importance in designing and implementing a program to reduce the risk of ACL injury, especially in younger active individuals


We agree that injury prevention works, what can we do to improve coach, parent, and athlete compliance?

Day One Schedule

08:00-08:45Intro to Injury Prevention
08:45-10:00Review of Injury Types
10:15-11:15Overhead Athlete
13:00-13:45Loading I
13:45-14:30Tendon Pain Prevention?

Day Two Schedule

08:00-08:45ACL Injury Prevention I
10:15-11:15Youth Injury Prevention
11:15-12:00Loading II
13:00-13:45ACL Injury Prevention II
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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