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Course Description: This course will review the evidence based history of special tests for the knee, shoulder, and elbow. The course will help familiarize you with the sensitivity and specificity of special tests and the most effective combination of tests for injury evaluation.

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Course Description: The Injuries in Football Course reviews evidence based research and concepts for assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of football players.

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Course Description: Overview of bone, tendon, and ligament injuries of the wrist and hand. This course will discuss the various injuries and treatments.

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Course Description: This course will go over the risk factors and to have a better understanding the various terms regarding tendon injuries. The many treatment options will be discussed.

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Course Description: This course describes the basics of orthobiologics and indications for the use of point of care blood products in clinical practice. Topics covered include, evidence for orthobiologic use, harvest site options, and regulations required for use in clinical practice.

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Course Description:   Traumatic injuries of the foot and ankle are very common in athletes, both professional and amateur. Increased competition means these athletes push themselves sometimes well past their limits, increasing the prevalence foot and ankle injuries at a rapid pace. According to studies by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 25% of all injuries reported by athletes were foot and ankle-related. Particular sports, including football, basketball, soccer and running, generate more foot and ankle injuries seeing as their feet are the main points of contact, sometimes generating over 20 times the athlete’s body weight in force.

Athletic foot and ankle injuries can be difficult to properly diagnose and treat and so healthcare professionals who treat these injuries must have a firm understanding of the anatomy and kinesiology of the foot and ankle and know which rehab options are most effective.

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Course Description:  Emergency care requires preparation, training, and a coordinated response between all emergency team members. “Emergency Care in Sports” is a comprehensive emergency course focusing strictly on assessing and treating traumatic injuries affecting athletes at all levels.

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Course Description:  The course begins with relevant updates to concussions as the growing topic is consistently researched. Athletic trainers and team physician roles are covered as well as the importance of their relationship’s goal in achieving the physical and psychosocial welfare of the athletes. Brachial plexus injuries are confronted due to the constant involvement in football. Emergency action plans and acute management of cervical spinal care are stressed throughout the course as the focus upon catastrophic injuries is not a matter of “if,” but “when” they will happen. Case studies are interwoven through the different topics as they place real events with real people for the purpose of learning outcomes.

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Course Description:  This extensive guide focuses on the importance of nutrition and the importance of educating athletes to eat right and form healthy habits. There are easy rules to follow and they are applicable to any athlete. The course also dives into the categories of Pre-Participation Screening and the Functional Movement Screen among other tests. Reliability and validity are discussed as well as the predictive injury capability of the screens. Lastly, the transition between rehabilitation end point and sports training beginnings are discussed and the need to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and strength training before an athlete is ready to return to play.

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Course Description:  This extensive guide provides a review of anatomy and pathology for the lower extremities. There is a review of lower back, hip, knee, and ankle pathology, as well as the surgical procedures that follow an injury if applicable. The course focuses upon importance of core stabilization and its relationship to preventative purposes. Several case studies are included throughout the course to provide valuable information in regards to evidence based practice. Ultimately the course focuses upon the standard of care with proper examination and direction-based rehabilitation.

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Course Description:  This extensive guide provides a review of anatomy and pathology for the upper extremities. Some concepts reflected upon are dislocations, sprains, and fractures of the shoulder, elbow, and wrist joints. For injuries that are applicable, non-operative and operative treatment options are available. Postural impairments and corrective management are both dissected and correctively approached when dealing with athletes and functional movement. Weight lifting progressions for the upper extremities are provided throughout the course for rehabilitation, stabilization, and strength training purposes. Peer reviewed studies are provided as evidence based practice for treatment options in regards to the pathology involved in the course.

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Course Description:  Being ready to make rapid decisions regarding the medical care of athletes injured during the course of play is a critical skill for sports medicine professionals. Hesitation or misdiagnosis of an injury can result in severe consequences for the athlete, including career-ending conditions and, in extreme cases, death. Proper planning is required to be able to execute evaluation and sideline treatment and follow up rehabilitation of common injuries such as ortho injuries, wrist injuries, “stingers”, head and spine injuries.

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Course Description:  Concussions have never been more monitored, discussed, and researched up to this point. It is crucial to quickly recognize the signs and symptoms involved with those who have sustained a concussion, the diagnostic procedures and examinations necessary to form a conclusion, risk factors, and the management and treatment needed for each unique case. Headaches, especially ones sustained traumatically, are not always considered a concussion, which is why baseline testing is qualitatively and quantitatively measured. The need for thorough understanding of return to play criteria is crucial for creating a safe environment for an athlete to get back in the game.

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Course Description:  Although not as common as tennis elbow, throwers elbow can be as painful and debilitating. Throwers elbow is most commonly be found in baseball pitchers and in any sport that requires a distinct throwing motion, including tennis, cricket and volleyball. The repeated movement necessary for the throwing motion creates incredible stress on the join that can lead to serious overuse injury. Proper diagnosis is crucial to develop an effective treatment plan, which can make all the difference in the world between a player spending months in recovery or making a speedy return to the game.

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Course Description:  The knee is the most essential joint for competing athletes in almost every sport, and, as a result, the most common site for injury. For many athletes, speed and agility are critical components for a winning season. Athletes must be able to quickly change direction and positions, run long distances or expend tremendous amounts of energy pushing, pulling, or tackling an opponent. The high demands athletes place on their knees drastically increases the chances of injury that can develop into chronic conditions that can affect the athlete for the remainder of their lives.

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Course Description:  The overhead throwing motion is an intricate and precise movement and the overhead athlete requires a fine balance of shoulder mobility and stability to meet the mechanical demands of their particular sport. When pitching or passing, the overhead athlete exerts huge demands on the shoulder to generate the tremendous forces required to successfully complete the throwing motion. These incredible demands on the shoulder joint result in it being one of the most commonly injured joints in overhead athletes.

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Course Description:  More than 25 million children in the US participate in scholastic sports, with another 20 million participating in community-based sports and activities. Each year, an estimated 2.5 million sports-related injuries occur in adolescents with sports and recreational activities being the primary causes of knee injuries in people under 25. In addition, approximately 294,000 children under the age of 18 are affected by pediatric arthritis and rheumatologic conditions, making juvenile arthritis one of the most common childhood diseases in the United States.

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Course Description:  Although injuries to the rotator cuff most commonly occur in athletes and heavy laborers, they can and do occur in any person who participates in an activity that requires repetitive overhand motions. Injuries to the rotator cuff are more common later in life, but also aflict younger people. Older adults can injure the rotator cuff when they fall or place strain the shoulder from seemingly mundane activities such as walking the dog. When left untreated, a rotator cuff injury can cause severe pain and result in decreased mobility of the joint.

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Course Description:  There are over 100 different described physical examination tests for the shoulder. There is confusion in the literature and among practitioners as to the exact nomenclature and technique for commonly performed tests. Many of these test have been shown to be of poor statistical value, yet their use persists. This course will begin with a review of the origins and techniques of commonly performed tests followed be a review of all pertinent published literature pertaining to the statistical accuracy, and relevance of the tests. This will be followed by a demonstration of an efficient sequence and algorithm incorporating all necessary tests to complete a thorough and comprehensive examination of the shoulder.

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Course Description:  The shoulder is designed for a great degree of motion in all planes. This mobility comes at the cost of stability as the shoulder is the joint at greatest risk for instability due to athletically-induced trauma. Shoulder injuries can be devastating in athletes, particularly in those whose sport requires strong overhead motions, and account for about 6% of all injuries sustained in an active population. Athletes also have a higher risk for recurrence, making proper diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation crucial.

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Course Description:  Knee injuries are the most common cause of an athlete losing an entire season of play and carry serious health burdens to athletes of all ages in almost every sport. The majority of knee injuries (around 70%) are non-contact, and occur in sports that involve jumping and landing, quick stopping, cutting and directional changes. And while knee injuries constitute only about 15% of all sports injuries, they account for 50% of visits to sports medicine physicians. When knee injuries happen, they are usually significant. The need for thorough understanding, evaluation, repair and rehabilitation of knee injuries is crucial for ensuring the athlete has a successful return to play and, equally as important, a reduced chance of a re-injury.

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Course Description:  Currently there are many approaches to managing low back pain in athletes. Some are modality based some are exercise based. Many articles suggest there is as at least some correlation between hamstring length, limited hip range of motion, gluteal weakness, lumbar instability, and lumbopelvic movement, as it relates to low back pain. Other articles suggest treatments based on spinal stabilization exercises, dynamic lumbar strength exercises, Swiss ball exercises, and core stabilization exercises are effective treatments in reducing low back pain. However, there are no current studies that correlate pelvic position and low back pain, to hip and lower extremity muscular tightness, to abdominal and gluteal weakness. The purpose of this course is to help professionals understand the correlation between low back pain and poor movement patterns caused by limited hip motion, poor pelvic position and weakness in the abdominal and lumbopelvic region. Furthermore, this course will help professionals understand the appropriate evaluation tools and proper course of treatment.