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Discharge and Return to Sport Part 3: Upper Body

presented by 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. There is no financial interest beyond that.

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: 43 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 23 Minutes

Upper-body injury brings increased complexity as the mobility and stability demands of the upper extremity are extreme. Unfortunately, there has not been nearly as much published research on upper-body discharge and return-to-sport testing as the lower body. This course presents the available research and describes a systematic, evidenced-based approach to upper-extremity testing that will leave your patients with a safe return to activity. The course also explores the unique challenges and research regarding the overhead athlete. This course is for physical therapists, athletic trainers, and occupational therapists.This course is for physical therapists, athletic trainers, and occupational therapists.

Meet Your Instructor

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. Discharge and Return-to-Sport Testing Introduction: Upper Body

While there is limited research on upper extremity discharge and return-to-sport testing, there is substantial evidence about risk factors for injury, particularly with the overhead athlete.

2. Upper Body Closed Kinetic Chain Testing

While most upper-extremity function occurs in the open kinetic chain, closed kinetic chain testing can provide essential information about the mobility and stability of the upper extremity.

3. Upper Body Power Testing

The ability to generate upper-extremity power is important for function and sport performance. This chapter explores the research and how to perform power testing in the upper body.

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