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Sports & the Pediatric Knee Part 2: Return to Sports Testing & Rehab

presented by David Piskulic, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC

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Financial— David Piskulic receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. There are no other relevant financial relationships. Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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As pediatric athletes progress through their rehabilitation, many components of their treatment vary from their adult athlete counterparts. Injuries in these younger athletes present much differently than similar injuries with adults and require special attention from a trained medical provider to assist them back to play. This two-part course, presented by Dr. David Piskulic, will discuss knee injuries associated with pediatric and young adult athletes. Part Two of this course series will cover rehabilitation concepts, current methods of return to sports testing, and injury reduction concepts and methods specific to young athletes with knee injuries.

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David Piskulic, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC

David Piskulic, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, is a Pediatric Physical Therapist for St. Louis Children's Hospital in St. Louis, MO. He received his BS in Exercise Science and Athletic Training at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He is an NATA board-certified…

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1. Rehabilitation for the Pediatric Athlete

Surgical and nonsurgical rehabilitation for injuries will be discussed. Common treatment methods utilized in adults will vary with pediatrics, and special considerations are required to best treat these patients.

2. Strength Testing, Balance/Proprioception Testing, and Cardiovascular Function of the Pediatric Athlete

Methods of testing pediatrics and young athletes can sometimes vary from methods of testing adults. This chapter will discuss methods of testing and examination of pediatric athletes in regard to strength testing, balance/proprioception testing, and measurements in aerobic and cardiovascular function.

3. Return to Sports Testing and Injury Reduction of the Pediatric Athlete

During the later stages of rehabilitation, focus must be maintained on the best evidence-based methods for returning to sport while reducing the chances of re-injury. Injury reduction strategies will also be discussed to assist the clinician in providing the best care for their patients when bridging the gap between rehabilitation and return to sports.

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