Neurocognitive and Motor Control Strategies in ACL Rehab: From the WHAT to the HOW
Section: Sports PT Section
Session Code: SP-2B-6670
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: Ballroom A

Speaker(s):   Daniel Cobian, PT, DPT, PhD
  Marc Sherry, PT, DPT, LAT
  Kelcie Wittman, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

Despite the recent research and clinical focus on proper objective assessment following ACL reconstruction, return-to-sport rates, reinjury incidence, and abnormal biomechanics remain problematic long after injury and surgery. These findings suggest that a more in depth look at exercise specificity within the rehabilitation environment is warranted. Sports activities require alternating patterns of rapid muscle activation and relaxation with complex processing of auditory, visual, and proprioceptive stimuli in a changing environment. There remains a disconnect between the typical focus of ACL rehabilitation and the complex cognitive and neuromuscular demands of sports. This session emphasizes the importance of specificity in ACL rehabilitation, providing participants with progressive and effective rehabilitation strategies for addressing the distinct neurocognitive and neuromuscular deficits arising from ACL injury and reconstruction. Innovative video demonstrations illustrate progressive techniques of visual-spatial processing, dual tasking, external focus of attention, creating an athletic environment, and rapid muscle force development that can be immediately incorporated in day-to-day treatment. This session goes beyond theoretical framework and descriptive research; it guides the clinician through effective execution of cutting-edge techniques and interventions.

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

1. Recognize discrepancies between the requirements of successful sports performance and the typical rehabilitation environment.

2. Examine how neurocognitive and neuromuscular deficiencies prohibit successful recovery and return to activity after ACL injury and reconstruction.

3. Develop and employ effective and sport-specific exercise parameters to build the foundation for a successful return to sport.

4. Learn and implement new clinical strategies for addressing specific neurocognitive and neuromuscular performance deficits to maximize success in ACL rehabilitation.

CEU: 0.2

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