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Protective Sports Equipment and Proper Fitting

presented by Katie Whetstone, PT, DPT, SCS

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

Nonfinancial: Katie Whetstone has 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: 60 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 36 Minutes

One of the primary responsibilities of the sports medicine professional is the prevention of injury. What role does the sports medicine professional play in the proper fit of protective equipment, and what is the role of the sports medicine professional in the modification of this equipment? Protective equipment is designed to absorb the shock of collision and/or contact in sports. Proper fitting of protective equipment is the first step in the prevention or minimization of sports-related injury, especially in contact and/or collision sports. This course will provide information and demonstration regarding the most common types of protective sports equipment, tutorials for proper fitting of this equipment, and an interview session where sports professionals will share stories of mishaps with protective equipment.

Meet Your Instructor

Katie Whetstone, PT, DPT, SCS

Dr. Katie Whetstone is a board-certified clinical specialist in the area of sports physical therapy and a full-time faculty member at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. Katie has a Bachelor of Science degree in the area of exercise science as well as a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She also completed formal sports…

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1. Introduction to Protective Equipment

Protective equipment is our first line of defense against injury in sport, but in order to be protective, equipment must be utilized and worn correctly. In this chapter, Katie Whetstone will introduce the history of protective equipment in sports as well as the legal obligations of the sports physical therapist to utilize the protective equipment correctly.

2. Head and Face Protection

This chapter will emphasize the types of head and face protection that are on the market by demonstrating helmets, face masks, jaw pads, mouth guards, eye protection, and more. Katie Whetstone and Todd Arnold will walk viewers through the steps of proper helmet fitting.

3. Neck, Trunk, and Thorax Protection

In this chapter, Katie Whetstone and Todd Arnold will show multiple options for neck, trunk, and thorax protection, including shoulder pads, cowboy collars, chest and rib protectors, protective cups, and more. The chapter also provides a demonstration of proper shoulder pad fitting.

4. Upper- and Lower-Extremity Protection

Protection and braces for upper- and lower-extremity injuries are easy to purchase over the counter, but how does one know the correct equipment to buy and when medical grade or custom equipment is preferable to over-the-counter equipment? In this chapter, Todd Arnold and Katie Whetstone will discuss types of shoe wear, muscle protection, orthotics, guards, and braces for the upper and lower extremities.

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