This course will provide residents with an overview of the epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis and rehabilitation of common upper and lower extremity injuries in the pediatric athlete. This course will also provide an in depth look at the rehabilitation of Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries and Throwing related injuries in children.
Upon completion of this module, Participants will:
- Describe the epidemiology, clinical presentation and treatment of apophyseal injuries in young athletes
- Explain the 5 types of growth plate injuries in children including incidence, epidemiology and clinical treatment
- Recognize signs and symptoms of osteochondral lesions and understand common treatment strategies
- Understand and be able to apply a task based rehabilitation protocol for post-operative ACL reconstruction in the young athlete using benchmark functional testing for progression and return to sport (RTS) decision making
- Describe the epidemiology and clinical presentation of common injuries to the shoulder and elbow in young athletes
- Apply evidence based treatment approaches for the management of little league elbow, little league shoulder, supracondylar fractures, and shoulder instability in the young athlete
- Review conservative versus surgical management of shoulder instability including prognosis and rehabilitation
- Be able to implement RTS testing for the upper extremity to aid in assessing readiness to return to play in the young athlete
About The Speaker(s)
Lauren Butler, PT, DPT, SCS: Lauren Butler is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, FL. Lauren serves as the past chair of the Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Society’s Injury Prevention Research Interest Group. Lauren also serves as a guest lecturer and clinical mentor in the University of Miami Sports and Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency programs. Her research interests are in ACL injury prevention and physical literacy.
Jeffrey Fernandez, PT, DPT, OCS: Jeffrey Fernandez is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida. Following graduation from Florida International University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2013, Jeffrey completed an orthopedic residency at the University of Florida.
In addition to treating patients with orthopedic conditions, Jeffrey has lectured in physical therapy programs, physical therapy residencies, and symposiums. Jeffrey’s clinical interests include the treatment of running related injuries, persistent pain, and musculoskeletal injuries in children.