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Virtual AzPTA Fall Conference

Start: Saturday, October 03, 2020 at 08:30 AM

End: Saturday, October 03, 2020 at 12:30 PM


Event Details:

October 3rd, 2020 8:00 am - 12:30pm

Track 1 -
Daniel Lorenz

Presentation: Performance Enhancement in the Terminal Phases of Rehabilitation

Return to play rates for both upper extremity and lower extremity conditions reveal that rehabilitation professionals might not be providing their athletes adequate physical preparation for return to play.  In addition, re-injury rates for some injuries, like ACL reconstructions, are high.  Therefore, our assessment of physical readiness for return to play may also be inadequate to reduce the risk of re-injury. The purpose of this webinar is to review evidence-based screening and testing procedures to determine physical readiness for performance training and then help the rehabilitation professional design programming to address specific needs of the athlete to optimize status at return to play and eventually, performance in sport.


Track 2 
Speakers: Kay Wing & Kim Gatewood

Presentation: Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF): Evidence Based Interventions to Maximize Outcomes in All Patient Populations

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) is a therapeutic exercise technique developed by Margaret Knott, Henry Kabat, and Dorothy Voss in the 1950's.  Two current misconceptions of PNF are that is solely based on the developmental sequence and on the use of diagonal patterns of movement. Actually, PNF is based on principles that have been well researched as effective.  Principles of effective therapeutic exercise will be described including: motor learning; the use of techniques for strengthening, optimizing movement using irradiation and stretch; the effective use of manual contacts, auditory and visual stimulation; traction and approximation; and techniques for resistance will be described. The use of diagonal patterns of movement is one of the principles that make this approach effective.  The use of the developmental sequence will be redefined as postures and positions that are effective to improve function. For instance, patients must roll and bridge to get out bed, kneel to transfer from the floor, and reach for function. Video case examples will be used to illustrate these principles. The effectiveness of any technique or procedure is only as good as the therapist providing it.  Let’s give the next generation the tools of PNF to provide effective patient care.