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Upper Extremity Closed Chain Testing Part 1 closed kinetic chain overhead athlete return to sport Sep 27, 2022

I am frequently asked

“Why should I test someone in the closed kinetic chain when his sport is exclusively performed in the open kinetic chain?”

OR

“Closed kinetic chain testing is not “functional” for a baseball pitcher, why do it?”

 

What is the goal of...

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When Can I Return to ____ (Fill In the Blank with Your Activity)? functional movement screen return to sport Jun 14, 2022

Dr. Jenna Gourlay and I discuss advising patients on when they're clear to resume activity after rehab and how to empower them to become aware of their own readiness.

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Half Kneeling Closed Kinetic Chain Dorsiflexion Test ankle dorsiflexion return to sport Feb 27, 2022

By  Phil Plisky, PT, DSc, ATC, OCS, CSCS & Adam Devery, ATC, PTA, CSCS 

Ankle sprains are the most prevalent athletic lower extremity injury and many (75%) become recurrent.1-7 Limited ankle dorsiflexion is a common sequelae after ankle sprain. Researchers have found that limited...

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Tuck Jump & Drop Jump Landing Procedures - The Skill of Jumping drop jump landing return to sport tuck jump Feb 14, 2022

 

By  Phil Plisky, PT, DSc, ATC, OCS, CSCS & Adam Devery, ATC, PTA, CSCS 

Valgus collapse gets a lot of press when it comes to discussing risk factors for ACL injury and it is certainly important.  There are a few studies that indicate we should be looking at knee...

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Return to sport testing case study research acl return to sport Feb 07, 2022

Super proud of Adam Grannan, PT, DPT! As a UE DPT student, he wanted to examine current return to sport testing. Last week at APTA Combined sections meeting, he presented a case study examining physical status at clearance for return to sport after ACL reconstruction.

What did he find on a...

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Hop Testing Protocols For Return to Sport acl hop testing normative data return to sport Jan 17, 2022

By  Phil Plisky, PT, DSc, ATC, OCS, CSCS & Adam Devery, ATC, PTA, CSCS 

You’ve been working with a patient and it is now time for return to play testing. Hop Testing is a measure of power and energy-storing that can help you test neuromuscular control, strength, and...

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Upping Your Game in ACL Reconstruction Rehabilitation Webinar acl reconstruction return to sport Dec 07, 2021
 
This course will give an evidence-based road map to optimize both rehabilitation and outcomes for patients who have undergone an ACL reconstruction. The course will conclude with clear...
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Why 90% limb symmetry index is not enough hop testing return to sport Jul 02, 2021

Most rehabilitation professionals use some form of hop testing, but which hop tests should we use and what should our passing criteria be?

Which hop tests should I choose?

While it is important to use double limb hopping as part of the progression in rehabilitation, it is unnecessary for...

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How do you know if someone is ready to return to work or sport after injury? research return to sport risk factors May 12, 2021

How would you respond if someone asked, “How much would you bet that your patient or client is ready to go back to sport, work, or daily activity without increased risk of injury?”  We may never be completely confident and it won’t be a sure bet.  But, how do you...

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Research: Are We Missing Risk Factors in Rehabilitation and Performance? research return to sport risk factors Apr 10, 2021

How can we keep people healthy and participating in the activity they love? How do we ensure that those going back to sport or going back to work are ready, and how do we make sure they don’t reinjure?  These questions have fascinated me for much of my professional career. ...

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How do you know if someone is ready to return to work or sport after injury? return to sport Feb 11, 2021

How would you respond if someone asked, “How much would you bet that your patient or client is ready to go back to sport, work, or daily activity without increased risk of injury?”  We may never be completely confident and it won’t be a sure bet.  But, how do you...

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