Sports Residency Seminar I: Lower Extremity

Los Angeles, California
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Sports Residency Seminar I: Lower Extremity
Thursday, July 11, 2019 7:00 AM -
Sunday, July 14, 2019 3:00 PM (Pacific Time)

USC Professional Education Center
8830 S. Sepulveda Blvd. 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, California 90045
United States

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Course Faculty:
Max Barroso, PT, DPT, SCS, OSC
Aimee Diaz, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC
Paul Diaz, MA, ATC
John Meyer, PT, DPT, OCS, FAFS
Lisa Meyer, PT, DPT, OCS 
Susan Sigward, PhD, PT, ATC 

Course Description:

Over the last several years, as the benefits of exercise have been widely acknowledged, there has been a dramatic increase in participation in sports and fitness-related activities by all age groups.  This increase in sports and fitness-related participation has lead to an increasing number of musculoskeletal injuries to these higher-level recreational and aspiring athletes.  The goal of this eight-day seminar series is to accelerate the mastery of advanced skills for managing this growing athletic population, from the novice to the elite athlete.  This seminar series will build upon the fundamentals of orthopedic physical therapy, clinical reasoning, manual therapy, and movement science, and integrate these fundamentals with training in sport specific examination and rehabilitation.  This seminar series is a component of the classroom and lab instruction for clinical residency and fellowship programs but is open also to participants who wish to take the series for continuing professional education.

Learning Objectives:

Head injuries and concussion in sport

The student will be able to:

  • Define concussion and post-concussion syndrome. 
  • Discuss evolution of concussion evaluation and management and current recommendations.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of an acute concussion.  Perform an on-field concussion assessment.  Compare and contrast various tools for the on-field and sideline concussion assessment.
  • Differentially diagnose systems contributing to symptoms associated with concussion: central nervous system, cervical spine, and vestibular system.
  • Discuss neuropsychological testing in concussion assessment and management.  Compare and contrast currently available tools for neuropsychological assessment.
  • Evaluate the role of vision and treatment of visual deficits in concussion management.
  • Discuss post-injury management of concussions.  Identify return-to-play guidelines following concussion.
  • Discuss the role of pre-participation screening in concussion risk assessment and in post-concussion management.
  • Identify risk factors associated with head injury and implement preventative strategies.
  • Identify special populations (pediatric and adolescent athlete, elite vs. non-elite athlete) and discuss specific considerations regarding concussion management in these athletes.

Acute cervical spine injuries in athletics

The student will be able to:

  • Discuss the pathomechanics and pathophysiology associated with an acute cervical spine injury.
  • Discuss emergency planning and preparedness strategies to appropriately care for the cervical-spine injured athlete.
  • Perform an on-field assessment of an athlete suspected of a cervical spine injury.
  • Identify indications and contraindications of cervical spine stabilization in neutral.  Stabilize and transfer the athlete with a cervical spine injury.
  • Discuss equipment-related issues associated with cervical spine injury; identify when equipment is appropriate for removal.  Compare and contrast various equipment removal devices.  Discuss the current literature regarding the various removal devices.
  • Identify appropriate imaging and diagnostic tools utilized in the care of the spine-injured athlete.
  • Discuss the role of hypothermia and of pharmacology in the management of the acute cervical spine injury.
  • Identify prevention strategies to reduce injury rates of the cervical spine in athletics.

Emergency response 

The student will be able to:

  • Identify appropriate elements of emergency action plan.  Develop and implement emergency response policy and procedure for an athletic venue.
  • Perform rehearsal spine boarding session with staff to prepare for emergency response.
  • Spine board an athlete suspected of having a cervical spine injury.
  • Safely remove facemask from a football helmet on an athlete suspected of a cervical spine injury. 
  • Splint an upper extremity or lower extremity injury that requires immobilization for transport.  Discuss various types of splints that may be utilized on an athletic field.

ACL Prevention

The student will be able to:

  • Identify mechanism of non-contact ACL injuries.
  • Identify risk factors of non-contact ACL injuries.  Discuss special populations associated with these specific risk factors.
  • Identify research limitations regarding non-contact ligament injury.
  • Discuss knee mechanics and influence of the hip on the knee in dynamic situations.
  • Discuss current literature regarding ACL-injury prevention programs.  Develop and implement an ACL-injury prevention program.  Identify special considerations when developing an injury-prevention program.

Lower extremity radiology

The student will be able to:

  • Develop uniform approach to reading radiological films, plain and MRI.
  • Discuss x-rays and MRI films from common athletic injuries of the hip, knee, and ankle
  • Identify pathology on x-ray and MRI from common athletic injuries of the hip, knee, and ankle.

Sport-specific movement analysis

The student will be able to:

  • Discuss normal movement patterns (globally and region-specific) for the following sports and activities: Tackling, Cutting, deceleration, Jumping (take-off and landing), Lateral activities, Running: endurance vs. sprinting, and Cycling. 
  • Analyze the above activities and identify abnormal movement strategies.
  • Utilize physical therapy interventions to address the abnormal movement strategies and assist the athlete in development of more optimal movement patterns.

Lower Extremity Taping

The student will be able to:

  • Perform taping and wrapping techniques on the hip, knee, and ankle to address various lower extremity athletic injuries.
  • Discuss how these taping and wrapping techniques could be utilized to assist in return to play and in injury prevention following a lower extremity athletic injury.

The above objectives will be met through a combination of lecture, using a multi-media approach, group discussion, and lab activities

Registration Fee's
Individual Registration 8 day course: $2,000
Individual Registration 4 day course: $1,000
Individual Registration 1.5 day course: $350

Alumni/CI Registration 8 day course: $1,500 
Alumni/CI Registration 4 day course: $800
Alumni/CI Registration 1.5 day course: $280

8 day course: 5.6 
4 day course: 2.8
1.5 day course: 1.2

Audience Level:

Completion Requirements:
Successful completion of this course requires active participation. Residents are required to successfully complete all aspects of the course. Continuing education participants may miss aspects of the course, with their continuing education credits reflecting the number of hours that they were actively participating. Attendance will be taking at the beginning of each morning and afternoon session to keep an accurate record.


Contact Information

  • Phone: 323-442-3156

Payment Instructions

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