Athletic Pubalgia: Biomechanical and Neuromuscular Considerations


Athletic Pubalgia: Biomechanical and Neuromuscular Considerations




Thursday, September 26, 2013


Noon – 1:15pm CST


$15 for NATA Members/ $25 for Non-Members


King, Marjorie, A., PhD, ATC, PT, FACSM
Director of Graduate Athletic Training Education, Plymouth State University


Marjorie A. King is currently the Director of Athletic Training Graduate Education at Plymouth State University. Dr. King’s degrees from the University of New Hampshire and Simmons College have allowed for the combined practices of athletic training and physical therapy. Her master’s degree work in Exercise Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst sparked her interest in research, prompting several studies in the area of patellofemoral dysfunction and balance assessment.

More than 30 years of clinical experience in sports medicine and outpatient orthopedics in a variety of settings is the foundation for Dr. King’s current research focus on balance assessment, core stability and interest in the role of motor learning in rehabilitation. She has presented her work internationally, nationally and locally. Dr. King is currently the research committee chair for the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association and formally for the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is on the Board of Directors for the New Hampshire Musculature Institute (Manchester, N.H.). She formally chaired the Women in Athletic Training Committee for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), and served as a member of the NATA Research and Education Foundation Committee as well as the Strategic Health Initiative for Women, Sport and Physical Activity for the American College of Sports Medicine. Marjorie became a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine as well as being inducted into the National Athletic Trainers’ Hall of Fame in June 2012.


The purpose of this course is to introduce a conceptual framework identifying biomechanical and neuromuscular factors in athletic pubalgia. It will begin with a review of the literature as well as the basic structural, neuromuscular and fascial anatomy of the hip and pelvic region. With the possible weak links identified, an approach is then presented for clinical application incorporating and considering intervention progressions from the baseline intervention through sport related functional activities.

Clinical Objectives:

  • To be able to identify, discuss, and demonstrate the biomechanical and neuromuscular components of athletic publagia.
  • To assess and identify the possible biomechanical causes of athletic pubalgia leading to muscular imbalances
  • To understand the importance of coordinated neuromuscular activation for optimal lower quarter function
  • To understand and implement an assessment strategy for identifying possible areas of imbalance within the lower quarter contributing to athletic pubalgia
  • To understand and to successfully initiate an intervention strategy to address the imbalances within the lower quarter contributing to athletic pubalgia

Athletic Training Domain:

I: Prevention
II: Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis
IV: Treatment, Rehabilitation and Reconditioning

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