Plyometrics for Rehabilitation1day

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 & Objectives

When training and rehabilitating athletes, several measures of physical performance matter; maximizing strength, oxygen consumption, lactate threshold, movement efficiency and economy, and pain tolerance are all important. However, improving power production over a prolonged period is one of the best ways to maximize athletic performance and plyometric exercise is one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to achieve that goal.

Unfortunately, physical therapy programs rarely offer in-depth therapeutic exercise courses; if such courses are in short supply, we cannot expect students and practitioners to achieve appropriate knowledge and comfort with the specific exercise mode of plyometrics. Therefore, a need exists to understand and explain why and how power development in rehabilitation settings should be used more deeply, broadly, and consistently to simultaneously improve athletic performance and adequately prepare athletes to return to sport.

What is power?

The physiology of plyometrics

Plyometric Exercises

Short contact, long contact, transition

Plyometrics in the Rehab Setting

How to properly use plyometrics

How do we improve power?

The biomechanics of plyometrics

Plyometric Program Design

Specificity, overload, progression

Teaching Plyometrics

To improve performance and reduce injury risk

Day One



Plyometric Physiology


Plyometric Biomechanics




Plyometric Exercise Types






Plyometric Program Design


Plyometrics in the Rehab Setting




Teaching Plyometric Exercise Technique



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.


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.


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!


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.


MS, ATC, CSCS, Briarwood Soccer Club

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