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ACL Reconstruction Rehabilitation: Beyond the Protocol (Recorded Webinar)

presented by Kyle Matsel, PT, DPT, PhD, SCS, CSCS and Phil Plisky, PT, DSc, OCS, ATC, CSCS

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Financial: Phil Plisky receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. He receives compensation from Professional Rebellion and is an equity partner in Functional Movement Systems. Kyle Matsel receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. He is also a University of Evansville employee and a Functional Movement Systems instructor. There is no financial interest beyond that.

Nonfinancial: Phil Plisky and Kyle Matsel have no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 155 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 33 Minutes

This course is a recording of a previously hosted live webinar event. Polling and question submission features are not available for this recording. Format and structure may differ from standard MedBridge courses.

This course will give an evidence-based system to optimize both rehabilitation and outcomes for patients who have undergone ACL reconstruction. By laying a solid foundation in the first months postoperatively, the clinician will set the patient up for success in the next phase of rehabilitation and ultimately help return the patient to the highest level of performance.

Meet Your Instructors

Kyle Matsel, PT, DPT, PhD, SCS, CSCS

Dr. Matsel is faculty at the University of Evansville, where he teaches in the musculoskeletal content areas of the Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum. He received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Evansville in 2011 and his PhD in rehabilitation sciences from the University of Kentucky in 2021. Dr. Matsel is…

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Phil Plisky, PT, DSc, OCS, ATC, CSCS

Phil Plisky is a professor in the University of Evansville's Doctor of Physical Therapy program and the cofounder of Professional Rebellion, a community dedicated to helping rehabilitation providers create the careers of their dreams. His mission is to advance rehabilitation by inspiring those with the power to change it. He does this as a faculty…

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1. Course Introduction and Managing Patient Expectations

This chapter will introduce a solid evidence-based and comprehensive approach to ACL reconstruction rehabilitation. We will then discuss one of the most important parts of ACL reconstruction rehabilitation: setting patient expectations.

2. Physiological Healing: Graft Selection, Multiple Structure Involvement

This chapter discusses physiological healing of the graft and the impacts of tourniquet time and nerve blocks on rehabilitation. Additionally, graft selection considerations will be discussed and applied to the guide the rehabilitation process. Finally, rehabilitation considerations for when multiple structures are involved (e.g., meniscus repairs, multiligamentous injury) will be reviewed.

3. Phase 1: Immediate Post-Op

The immediate post-op period is critical for setting a high-quality foundation for knee function and performance. This chapter will explore the research and go through hands-on techniques for the first postoperative week.

4. Phase 2: Days 7 to 21

Phase 2 of the ACL reconstruction protocol will progress to two-joint ROM and strengthening exercises and the initiation of closed-kinetic-chain exercises. This chapter will introduce appropriate SFMA Top Tier movements and breakouts, which will guide manual therapy and exercise selection.

5. Phase 3: Weeks 3 to 6

Phase 3 of the ACL reconstruction protocol will progress to higher-level movement testing and interventions. This chapter will introduce remaining SFMA Top Tier movements and breakouts, which will guide manual therapy and exercise selection.

6. Progress Checkpoint: Functional Testing (Weeks 7 to 8)

This chapter will introduce higher-level functional testing including the Functional Movement Screen (FMS).

7. Question and Answer Session

In this section, the authors take questions from the audience to further clarify the material presented.

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