Course Coordinators: Adam Popchak, PT, PhD, SCS and Andrew Lynch, PT, PhD
Course Faculty: Rick Joreitz, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC; Brittany Lynch, DPT, SCS, OCS; Heather Christain, PT, SCS, OCS
Functional Optimization, Return to Sport Training and Return to Sport Testing for the Upper and Lower Extremities after Surgery
Date: April 12-13, 2019
Location: University of Pittsburgh, Department of Physical Therapy
Bridgeside Point 1
100 Technology Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
PT Price: $250
Student Price: $100
All proceeds from this course will be donated to the Foundation for Physical Therapy as part of the Pitt-Marquette Challenge
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Athletes who have undergone surgery for the upper or lower extremity require different training than individuals who only want to return to activities of daily living and regular occupations. Some sport specific training must occur on the field and is out of the scope of normal rehabilitation practice, however, it is the responsibility of the physical therapist to complete a thorough rehabilitation program prior to the on-field rehabilitation. Space and equipment limitations may make this a challenge in many clinical settings. The purpose of this course is to present rehabilitation principles and progressions that can be tailored to meet the demands of the athlete and the limitations of the clinical setting.
Using the published evidence concerning outcomes after common surgical procedures, we will present a systematic, data-driven approach to late stage rehabilitation. Lastly, we will discuss the decision-making process to implement to identify patients who are prepared to return to on-field rehabilitation.
At the conclusion of the course, the participant will be able to:
1. Design a comprehensive core muscle strengthening and stability program to promote optimal movement patterns and prevent secondary injury.
2. Design a comprehensive muscle strengthening program to promote optimal movement patterns and prevent secondary injury.
3. Design a systematic progression of activity to gradually increase an individual to demanding activities.
4. Identify a hierarchy of tests to screen for preparedness for activity progression.
Continuing Education Units
CEU’s: 10 GA
Friday, 4/12/2019; 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• Introduction and Overview of Training Principles in Late Stage Rehabilitation
• Return to Sport Testing – Theory and Application
• Lab Demonstration of Return to Sport Testing for the Upper and Lower Extremities
Saturday, 4/13/2019; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Late Stage Training & Sport-Specific Reintroduction for the Upper Extremity (w. lab)
• Late Stage Training & Sport-Specific Reintroduction for the Lower Extremity (w. lab)
About the Speakers
Adam Popchak, PT, PhD, SCS
Dr. Popchak earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology (2002) at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and Doctor of Physical Therapy (2005) and Doctor of Philosophy (2015) at the University of Pittsburgh. He holds an Assistant Professor position in Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh and employed as a staff physical therapist at CRS / UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. His research interests include orthopaedic injury prevention and rehabilitation with emphasis on disorders of the shoulder in youth and adult populations and the use of patient-reported outcomes in clinical care. Relevant publications have been related to rotator cuff and biceps tendon characteristics in overhead throwing and in response to rehabilitation as well as preparing athletes for return to sports participation. Dr. Popchak currently serves as an instructor in the DPT and MS curriculums in courses related to musculoskeletal physical therapy of the 1) lower extremity, 2) upper extremity, and 3) biomechanics. In both his academic and clinical appointments, Dr. Popchak works closely with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery on research and patient care efforts.
Andrew Lynch, PT, PhD
Andrew earned degrees in Exercise Science (HBS), Physical Therapy (DPT), and Applied Anatomy (PhD) from the University of Delaware. He is an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Department at the University of Pittsburgh and a Physical Therapist at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. His clinical practice and research are focused on the treatment of traumatic and athletic knee injuries, with a particular focus on post-operative rehabilitation. Andrew is a faculty member for the UPMC-CRS Sports and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residencies, coordinating journal clubs and providing clinical mentoring.
Rick Joreitz PT, DPT, SCS, ATC
Rick earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Sciences with a concentration in Athletic Training in 2005 and his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2008 from the University of Pittsburgh. He received his board certification in sports in 2011. Rick served as a Senior Physical Therapist for UPMC Centers for Rehab Services both at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine and the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. He created an ACL Return to Sport Test and functional screening exam. Rick serves as a faculty member to the UPMC-CRS Sports and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residencies, teaching the knee didactic component and serving as a clinical mentor. In 2019, Rick was appointed a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy for the University of Pittsburgh. He provides physical therapy services to the University of Pittsburgh’s football, men’s and women’s basketball teams. He teaches an Advanced Therapeutic Exercise class and serves as a teaching assistant within the musculoskeletal series.
Brittany Lynch, PT, OCS, SCS
Brittany earned degrees in Exercise Science (BS) and Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Delaware. She completed a Sports Physical Therapy Residency with UPMC Sports Medicine and the Pittsburgh Steelers Football Club. She is the team physical therapist for the Pittsburgh Penguins Ice Hockey Club. Brittany’s clinical practice focuses on rehabilitation of individuals with shoulder and knee injuries, as well as running gait analysis and re-training. Brittany is a faculty member for the UPMC-CRS Sports and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residencies, providing instruction for residents in upper extremity rehabilitation and running analysis and rehabilitation.
Heather Christain, PT, OCS, SCS
Dr. Christain earned her Bachelor of Science in Engineering (2003) and Doctor of Physical therapy (2006) at the University of Iowa. She is employed full time staff physical therapy at Athletico in Evanston. She is a part of the Athletico ACL3P, Endurance-Video Gait Analysis, Overhead Athlete-Video Throwing Analysis and Dry Needling programs. She received her board certification in orthopedics (2012) and sports (2013), as well as strength and conditioning certification (2009). She is a member of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists (2017). Prior to her move to Evanston in 2017 she worked at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine in Pittsburgh PA. She was residency faculty, teaching the shoulder didactic components for the Orthopedic and Sports residency programs as well as serving as a mentor for students within both programs as well. She was the physical therapist for Carnegie Mellon University Athletics, treating post-operative shoulder and knee athletes. She was a coauthor of the APTA’s monograph 27.1 Postoperative Management of Orthopaedic Surgeries.