LQS: Lower Quarter Sports: Prevention to Performance

This advanced lower quarter course is designed to provide clinicians with the ability to actively review current updates in literature relative to injury prevention programs, sports performance enhancement and functional outcome measures. Each participant should have successfully completed a comprehensive lower quarter course(s) regarding anatomy, biomechanics, differential diagnosis, evaluation and treatment prior to attending this course. Participants will be able to identify faulty biomechanics of running, jumping and landing, implement and interpret lower extremity functional outcome measures, clinically reason how best to progress your patients based on tissue healing and physiological adaptation, and be able to integrate the principles of injury prevention & sports performance programs to fully rehabilitate their patients and clients for return to higher function, life, work and sport.

  • Upon completion of this course, participants will better understand the science and art of implementing upper quarter rehabilitation principles based on physiological healing & progression, and techniques to prevent injury and improve rehabilitation outcomes.
  • By the end of the course, participants will better understanding the science and art of sports performance and injury prevention programs including but not limited to periodized, physiological progression of plyometrics to prevent injury and improve rehabilitation outcomes.
  • By the end of the course, given a case study with presentation of a patient with patellofemoral knee pain, participants will be able to identify impairments that lead to breakdowns in the lower quarter kinetic chain and which contribute to common lower quarter injuries (Achilles Tendinopathy, Plantar Fasciitis, Shin Splints, etc.) and reduced athletic performance.
  • By the end of the course, given case studies of ankle impingement, post op FAI and ACL, the participants will be able to create exercise progressions which will include warm-up/dynamic flexibility, form running drills, and initial jumping/plyometrics and landing techniques to assist with leg symmetry for preparation for advanced higher level activity.
  • By the end of the course, participants will be able to independently describe and implement principles of linear speed, lateral speed, change of direction drills and plyometrics in an appropriate, periodized and systematic progression to allow for physiological adaptation and safe return to sport.
  • By the end of the course, via a case study on post op knee, participants will be able to identify asymmetries and faulty mechanics during walking and running and create strategies for improving motor control and normalized gait patterns.
  • By the end of the course, given a case study for s/p knee arthroscopy/ACL and/or ankle sprain, participants will be able to create a return to running program that is evidence based and safe for the recreational runner to the elite athlete.
  • By the end of the course, participants will be able to develop and implement injury prevention and sports performance principles including plyometric progression into the therapy program to fully rehabilitate your patient/client for return to full function and sport.
  • By the end of the course, given a case study on post op ACL, participants will be able to independently implement and interpret the most evidence based Lower Extremity functional tests (Hop Tests & Y-Balance) and how best to modify or to progress a patients rehab program, when the patient is ready for return to sports, and/or discharge from rehabilitation.
  • By the end of the course, participants will be able to clinically reason the need and application of appropriate bracing and or taping techniques to utilize to assist with recovery and possible use for return to function, work and/or sport.
  • By the end of the course, participants will be able to list contraindications and risk factors for implementing plyometric and speed development principles.
  • By the end of the course, given a case studies of ACLR-ST (& allografts) and ACLR-BPTB grafts, the participates will be able create rehab programs based on the types of grafts utilized and tissue healing for appropriate progression of ROM, strength, balance, neuromuscular control, loading (isometric, concentric, and eccentric), and hop tests, to be able to progression the patients through running, jumping and sport specific principles.

Day One

  • 8:00 am – 8:30 am                   Introduction & Course Overview
  • 8:30 am – 9:15 am                   Functional LQ Rehab: The Science of PT & What’s our Mission
    • What is “our” role?  (PT, PTA, ATC) role and responsibility?
    • Rehab, Injury Prevention & Sports Performance
    • Optimal Performance Pyramid: Foundation, Function, Skills
  • 9:15 am – 10:00 am               Biomechanics & Pathomechanics
    • LQ kinetic chain
  • 10:00 am – 10:30 am             Biomechanics & Pathomechanics
    • Common compensations and injuries
  • 10:30 am – 10:45 am                                                  BREAK
  • 10:45 am – 11:30 pm              LAB: CORE
    • Lumbar segmental stabilization with activation of transverse abdominal
    • Pelvic floor
  • 11:30 am – 12:00 pm              LAB: CORE
    • Evidence Based Functional Progression (BP cuff or Stabilizer biofeedback)
  • 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm   LUNCH
  • 12:45 pm – 2:15 pm                Science & Art of Sports Performance & Injury Prevention
    • Dynamic Flexibility & Form Drills
    • Principles of speed, agility, quickness & power, and Plyometrics
    • Return to Running
  • 2:15 pm-2:30          BREAK
  • 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm LAB: Dynamic Flexibility, Form Drills, And Linear Progression

Day Two

  • 8:00 am – 8:30 amReview & QA
  • 8:30 am – 9:30 am                     Science & Art of Sports Performance & Injury Prevention – continued
    • Strength Training & Plyometrics
  • 9:30 am – 10:45 am                 LAB: Dynamic Flexibility, Form Drills, Lateral Progression & Plyometric
  • 10:45 am – 11:00 am             BREAK
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm                Science & Art of Injury Prevention – ACL/LQ
    • Review of Literature and Injury Prevention Programs
  • 12:00 pm – 12:45 pmLUNCH
  • 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm                 Functional Lower Quarter Rehab
    • Integrating injury prevention, sports performance into rehab for:
    • To Tape or brace or none?
    • Hop Test protocol and calculations
    • Post-operative knee and ankle arthroscopies
    • Protocols: plyometric progression, what does that mean?
    • Return to Running progression and options
  • 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm                 LAB: Hop Tests, Cone Touches, “Y” Balance, RDL, Functional progression, etc
  • 2:45 pm – 3:00 pm            BREAK
  • 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm                 Functional Lower Quarter Rehab
    • Patient Cases
  • 3:45pm – 4:15 pm                  Functional Lower Quarter Rehab
    • Functional Rehabilitation and Review
  • 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm                 Wrap-Up, Q&A & Seminar Evaluation Tool

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