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Robert J. Butler


Robert Butler currently serves as the director of performance for the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Organization, overseeing athlete care and physical performance training. Dr. Butler received his bachelor of science degree in biology from Marietta College in 1999 and his master of science degree in movement science with a concentration in biomechanics from Springfield College in 2001. He then received his PhD in biomechanics and movement science from the University of Delaware in 2005. Following his PhD study, he completed a postdoc at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before completing his DPT at the University of Evansville.

Prior to joining the Cardinals, Dr. Butler spent five and a half years as an assistant professor of physical therapy in the School of Medicine at Duke University and was a clinical researcher for Duke Health Systems. He has presented more than 160 abstracts at national and international conferences and has contributed to more than 85 peer-reviewed manuscripts in physical development, medical, and biomechanical journals. Dr. Butler serves as a movement-based outcomes consultant for a number of orthopedic and sports medicine groups nationally and internationally with patients across the life span.

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Leveraging Measurement to Inform Athlete Readiness in ACL Rehab (Recorded Webinar)

Presented by Robert J. Butler, PhD, DPT, CSCS, MHFA

Leveraging Measurement to Inform Athlete Readiness in ACL Rehab (Recorded Webinar)

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Video Runtime: 61 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 1 Minute

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Determining whether an athlete is ready to play following ACL reconstruction is a complex task that has become increasingly complicated by the ever-growing list of technologies available to assist with this process. The goal of this webinar is to outline a readiness-to-play model that takes the practitioner from post-op to preseason to ensure the athlete has a baseline level of function to reenter the team ecosystem after the completion of ACL rehabilitation. The webinar will cover everyday options available in any clinic environment, as well as touch on higher-level technologies that require greater resources, to facilitate the translation of the content from the webinar to the clinical setting.

Learning Objectives
  • Determine a progressive list of methods that can be beneficial to monitor during ACL rehab
  • Apply a progressive loading model using ground reaction force data to analyze athlete competency with force production and attenuation
  • Analyze how different movements create varied demands on the body that should be considered when increasing functional demands during rehabilitation exercises
  • Link the benefit of tracking fitness as a standard part of monitoring when establishing readiness for sport participation
  • Examine the benefits of monitoring nutrition and recovery during the rehabilitation process
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    Webinars with Robert J. Butler

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    Dec 2, 2023

    ACL Rehabilitation Summit: Session 2

    Presented by Robert J. Butler, Dustin Grooms, Kyle Matsel, and Phil Plisky

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