Biomechanics Matters: Solving Clinical Problems With Biomechanics
Section: Section on Research
Co-Section: Sports PT Section
Session Code: RE-2C-8129
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 206

Speaker(s):   Irene Davis, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  Cara Lewis, PT, PhD
  Carol Oatis, PT, PhD
  Christopher Powers, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Basic

As physical therapists, biomechanics is the basis for what we do. Whether it be analyzing how an individual gets from sit to stand or altering a running pattern to decrease the loading on a patient's knee, PTs routinely apply biomechanical principles. For some PTs, the term biomechanics쳌 conjures nightmares of equations. Yet much of the literature that establishes PTs as the movement experts uses biomechanical analyses. Clinicians require some level of biomechanical understanding and literacy to position themselves as movement experts. Because biomechanics is so fundamental to physical therapy, it is easy to overlook its importance in both the clinic and the classroom. This problem is compounded by the assumption the biomechanical analysis is performed only in expensive motion capture laboratories, and sometimes leaves the clinician wondering, How do I apply this information to treat my patient?쳌This session will highlight the importance of biomechanical principles in the evaluation and treatment of patients across the continuum, using case presentations to illustrate the application of biomechanics in clinical practice. The speakers also will review fundamental biomechanical principles, provide examples of relevant biomechanical literature, and discuss how technology can assist in translating research into practice. Attendees will learn the essential biomechanical competencies required of every PT graduate and how to best integrate them into a curriculum.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Describe the fundamental biomechanical principles physical therapists should understand.

2. Explain how biomechanical principles apply to patient evaluation.

3. Discuss how biomechanical principles apply to patient treatment.

CEU: 0.2

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