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Introduction to Pediatric and Adolescent Athletic Rehabilitation

presented by Lauren Butler, PT, DPT, SCS

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Financial: Lauren Butler receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Lauren Butler has no competing non-financial 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: 29 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 39 Minutes

Knowledge of pediatric-specific considerations is often lacking in the general orthopedic and sports rehabilitation setting. This course will provide clinicians with an overview of important and unique differences that must be taken into account when rehabilitating the pediatric athlete/patient. This course will introduce a rehabilitation framework, review common pediatric specific musculoskeletal pathologies, discuss the impact of growth and development on the rehabilitation process, and provide unique strategies for the correction of movement pattern dysfunction. This is an intermediate-level course for physical therapists and athletic trainers working in the outpatient or sports facility setting.

Meet Your Instructor

Lauren Butler, PT, DPT, SCS

Lauren Butler is a pediatric sports physical therapist at Nicklaus Children's Hospital and the supervisor of the Nicklaus Children's Sports Health Center. She earned her doctor of physical therapy degree from Florida International University and is a board-certified clinical specialist in sports physical therapy. Lauren has extensive training and expertise in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)…

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1. The Five Phases of Rehabilitation

This chapter will outline the five phases of rehabilitation for the treatment of young athletes to guide the clinician’s decision-making throughout the rehabilitation process. Understanding the goals of each phase will help the clinician formulate an appropriate treatment plan.

2. Overview of Pediatric-Specific Musculoskeletal Pathologies

This chapter will cover musculoskeletal pathologies that are unique to the growing patient, including growth plate injuries, osteochondral lesions, and apophyseal injuries. Understanding how these pathologies present will improve the clinician’s assessment and differential diagnosis.

3. Growth and Development

This chapter will teach the clinician how to determine age in the young athlete/patient. Understanding periods of rapid growth and development will help guide the appropriate selection of treatment interventions.

4. Concepts of Motor Learning

Assessment and treatment of movement pattern dysfunction is at the forefront of pediatric rehabilitation. This chapter will teach motor control strategies to help the clinician formulate a treatment plan for the correction of movement pattern dysfunction.

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