Benefits of a Physical Therapy Mentor
Sports physical therapists often feel like they have to do everything alone . . . understand diagnoses, differentiate between different positions and sports, proper progression, new surgical techniques. And those are just some of the clinical responsibilities. Now, couple those tasks with documentation, productivity, education. It’s a lot.
Having a mentor can make it feel like someone has your back.
What is a Physical Therapy Mentor?
A sports physical therapy mentor is a trusted advisor you turn to for help and guidance. Different types of mentors serve different needs; this makes sense . . . after all, you wouldn’t ask a business expert for help with your continuing education options or turn to a pediatric PT for guidance on your choice of residency.
Physical Therapy Mentorship Series
Finding a physical therapy mentor is important, more important than you may realize at first. Far too many PTs delay finding a mentor, telling themselves it’s not a priority with so many other things to see, do, and learn. But as a former new grad myself, I also know the value of ensuring that you have a mentor.
Injury Prevention Project
For many years, I have focused much of my professional life on reducing athletes' risk of injury. I have trained athletes both in-person and virtually. But I have also provided lectures and have started writing a book with Erik Meira entitled Injury Prevention...
Took some work, but pretty cool to see our #ACL Injury Prevention chapter in The Pediatric Anterior Cruciate Ligament textbook finished! Co-authors Greg Myer and Terry Grindstaff were great to work with as were the models (my daughters) we used for exercise...
Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, Fourth Edition
From the NSCA and in its 4th edition, Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning is the text for strength and conditioning professionals and students
Male-Female Differences in Knee Laxity and Stiffness: A Cadaveric Study
New study comparing the laxity of male versus female anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL). This study is different than the majority of previous, similar studies in that some of the soft tissue barriers and reflexive responses by subjects were essentially eliminated....
Are Muscle Strength and Function of the Uninjured Lower Limb Weakened After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury? Two-Year Follow-up After Reconstruction
One of the weaknesses of many physical therapy ACL reconstruction protocols is the blind eye that tends to be given to the opposite lower extremity. Researchers from South Korea present a nice study here reminding us not to ignore that OTHER lower extremity following...
New AAOS guidelines outline prevention and treatment strategies for ACL injuries, and provide rehabilitation and function checklists for return to play
New guidelines from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Good read. ROSEMONT, Ill., Oct. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Board of Directors has approved Appropriate Use Criteria (AUCs) for anterior...