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Return to Sport Testing for ACL and ACL Injury Prevention
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Return to Sport Testing for ACL and ACL Injury Prevention

Interested in this hot topic? Register now for free! Moderator Ian Al'Khafaji, MD of the AOSSM Enduring Education Committee and speakers Joe Hart, PhD, ATC, Darin Padua, PhD, ATC, Mark V. Paterno, PhD, PT, ATC, and Lynn Snyder-Mackler, PT, ScD, FAPTA discuss return to sport testing for ACL and ACL injury prevention. Register now for free and get access to all content on-demand online. The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.*


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

1) Explain how altered lower extremity neuromuscular control increases risk for ACL injuries in athletes.

2) Determine optimal tools and strategies to access ACL injury risk due to altered neuromuscular function.

3) Discuss how effectively implement a prevention program and if they result in reduced injury.

4) Determine hurdles of prevention programs: how to deal with non-compliance and fatigue. 




Ian Al'Khafaji MD - Introduction


Moderator Ian Al'Khafaji, MD is a sports orthopaedic consultant at The CORE Institute in Phoenix, Arizona and a member of the AOSSM Enduring Education Committee.


Darin Padua, PhD, ATC

Darin A. Padua, PhD, ATC serves as the Joseph Curtis Sloane Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds adjunct faculty appointments in the Departments of Orthopaedics, Biomedical Engineering, and Allied Health Sciences.

Kinesiology 101: How neuromuscular function correlates to ACL injuries.

   -Review basic neuromuscular function of the lower extremity as it correlates to the ACL

   -How does altered neuromuscular function increase risk of injury?


Joe Hart, PhD, ATC

Joe Hart, PhD, ATC is a Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Virginia, a co-director of the Exercise and Sport Injury Laboratory and the Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.  

Putting the tools in my belt: What are effective screening strategies?

   -Review effective screening tests/programs and what parameters make athletes "high risk"

   -How to implement them to an athletic program


Lynn Snyder-Mackler, PT, ScD, FAPTA

Lynn Snyder-Mackler, PT, ATC, ScD, FAPTA is an Alumni Distinguished Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Francis Alison Professor at the University of Delaware. 

Time to execute! How to implement effective prevention programs.

   -Review effective treatment tools/programs

   -What is the current data relating to effectiveness of prevention programs?

   -Review effective ways to implement programs to athletic programs


Mark V. Paterno, PhD, PT, ATC

Mark V. Paterno PT, PhD, MBA, SCS, ATC is a physical therapist, Senior Clinical Director within the Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy and a Professor within the Division of Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH. 

Managing the hurdles: Obstacles in ACL prevention

   - Reviewing logistic issues of prevention programs (example- compliance) and how these can be dealt with

   - What are other modalities that can modify ACL injury risk (playing surfaces/braces)?

   - Future of ACL prevention 


All Speakers - Discussion


*ACCREDITATION STATEMENT The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA CREDIT DESIGNATION STATEMENT The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine designates this 
enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Availability: On-Demand
Expires on Jul 26, 2024
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1.25 CME Credits
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