This physical therapy review is dedicated to the knee and the brain. While this is not a common connection, there are direct implications in how any peripheral joint injury should be approached with physical therapy and strength training in a well designed program.
Neuroplasticity following anterior cruciate ligament injury: a framework for visual-motor training approaches in rehabilitation
Grooms D, Appelbaum G, Onate J. Neuroplasticity following anterior cruciate ligament injury: a framework for visual-motor training approaches in rehabilitation. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2015;45(5):381-393.
I was able to give a talk in New York at the first NYC tri expo. It was a fun event. I spoke on problems I see with triathletes and how they run their strength training.
I follow four rules:
Here is a link to the video.
The work with Texas Tech is just beginning and something I looking forward to developing.
This past year and half, I have been working with an anthropologist from the University of Arizona, Dr. Jim Watson. The process has been fascinating and opened my eyes to the role of mismatched diseases in my practice. Dr. Jim Watson, Brianna Herndon (an honors student), and I have been looking specifically at the development of the knee and the impact of culture, sex, topography, and activity on its morphology.
Brianna was able to present some of our findings at the WeBIG conference this past year. As a student, she has done a great job diving into the research arena. Congrats Brianna!!
A Test of Sexual Dimorphism in Morphology of the Femoral Intercondylar Fossa.
Functional Hop Tests and Tuck Jump Assessment Scores Between Female Division I Collegiate Athletes Participating in High vs. Low ACL Injury Risk Sports
As a clinician and researcher, I am lucky enough to interact with multiple students who positively impact the profession of physical therapy by engaging in research. This past week was the combined section meeting in Anaheim. A student was able to present some of our research and I wanted to give him a post because this is a great accomplishment.
Nice job Philipp Hogg!!!
Functional Hop Tests and Tuck Jump Assessment Scores Between Female Division I
Collegiate Athletes Participating in High vs. Low ACL Injury Risk Sports . Philipp Hoog, Meghan Warren, Craig Smith, Nicole Chimera. Combined Sections Meeting, 2016.
Physical therapy, strength and conditioning, and injury prevention are tightly connected in my mind. It is hard to separate them within my practice because therapy often blends into the other two.
Individuals with an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury are a great example. The ACL injury has been heavily researched because of the cost and time required for a full recovery. Further, the incidence of ACL injury continues to rise despite efforts of researchers and health professionals. I have seen athletes recover from surgery and return to play within 6 months but sometimes take up to 2 years (if they return at all). During that time, it can be hard to tell when the return will happen or when physical therapy is over.
Is it after full range of motion is achieved or a normal hop test?
What is there a regression in control and strength on the injured limb?
These questions highlight the fact the tearing the surgically repaired ACL and other injury should be addressed in an ongoing fashion with long term monitoring and management.