Science Meets Practice: Watch Your Mouth! Verbal Cues Affect Lower Extremity Movement
Section: Sports PT Section
Session Code: SP-2B-1496
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 150AB

Speaker(s):   Carol Ferkovic Mack, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
  Mark Paterno, PT, PhD, MBA, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
  Jill Thein-Nissenbaum, PT, MPT, ATC, DSc

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Advanced

Lower extremity exercises that encourage proper movement patterns to decrease the risk of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear and patellofemoral pain are well-established in the literature. Proper alignment of the hip, knee, and foot as well as soft landing techniques, have been found to minimize pain and lower extremity function, particularly in the female athlete. Although these exercises have proven to be effective in the short-term, their long-term effectiveness have come into question. Research has recently discovered that retention of motor skills is affected by the athlete's focus of attention. However, is focus of attention only a piece of the puzzle in terms of injury prevention? Long-term studies may be warranted in order to determine outcomes of this type of training in addition to the effect on rates of secondary ACL injury. This session focuses on current literature regarding motor learning and ACL injury prevention programs via platform presentations, expert dialogue, and a case-study discussion.

Platforms included within this presentation are:

1. Factors Associated with Initial Interest and Treatment Selection of Patients with Hip Pain (Speaker: Kathryn Glaws)

2. Load Magnitude and Volume Differs in Male Athletes with and without Patellar Tendinopathy (Speaker: Laura Pietrosimone)

3. Partial Controlled Early Postoperative Weight Bearing versus Non-Weight Bearing after Reconstuction of the Fibular (Lateral) Collateral Ligament: A Randomized Control Trial and Equivalence Analysis (Speaker: O'Brien, Luke)

4. Contributions from Lower Extremity Joints to Absolute Work in Individuals After Achilles Tendon Rupture: Applying the CLEW Approach (Speaker: Jennifer Zellers)

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

1. Assess motor learning concepts essential to proper lower extremity motor skills including implicit learning, explicit learning, the stages of motor control learning, internal focus, and external focus.

2. Analyze the multifactorial nature of ACL injury and risk factors.

3. Develop a foundation of knowledge of the research related to implementation of motor control theories in a clinical environment.

4. Identify appropriate visual, verbal, and external cues in order to apply these concepts in a clinical environment.

5. Distinguish between different motor learning concepts essential to instruction in proper lower extremity movement including implicit learning, explicit learning, stages of motor control learning, internal focus, external focus, and mirror neurons.

6. Explain basic research related to use of implicit learning (external focus) in a clinical environment.

7. List appropriate verbal cues that improve lower extremity movement patterns.

CEU: 0.2

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