The Athlete in Pain: Moving Beyond the Tissues to the Person
Section: Sports PT Section
Session Code: SP-2B-4860
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 151AB

Speaker(s):   Zachary Christopherson, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
  Steven George, PT, PhD
  Mason Gist, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  Trevor Lentz, PT
  James Matheson, PT, DPT, MS, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
  Brandon Ness, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

Treating any athlete in pain can be complex, as the therapist considers and navigates through the significant biomechanical and biological mechanisms involved in rehabilitating them back into competition. Continued evidence has also shown that the complexity of patient care and recovery expands into psychological and sociological realms. These psychosocial factors can influence the athlete's pain and recovery. Having an expanded and updated understanding of the various psychosocial considerations helps to equip the therapist to more holistically care for the person in front of them. This session explores ways to better identify the various attitudes and beliefs of the athlete in pain and how that can affect recovery. The speakers share current evidence on how the use of pain neuroscience education, therapeutic alliance, and other psychologically-informed interventions can improve outcomes. They also provide instruction on how to incorporate pain neuroscience education into clinical practice to assist in reducing fear, anxiety, and catastrophizing. This session focuses on how to bring these principles together to enhance the therapeutic alliance between the athlete and therapist. Real-life case examples are used to illustrate moving beyond tissues to treating the whole person.

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

1. Explain the impact of psychological distress on pain and outcomes in injured athletes.

2. Discuss the evidence, strategies, and benefits of pain neuroscience education, along with therapeutic alliance in the clinical setting.

3. Appropriately use clinical measurement tools for assessing pain-associated psychological distress, as well as therapist and patient beliefs and attitudes related to the therapeutic alliance.

4. Identify opportunities to and immediately apply pain neuroscience education and therapeutic alliance strategies to sports physical therapist clinical practice.

CEU: 0.2

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