Near-Infrared Laser as a Complementary Therapy During Recovery From Musculoskeletal Soft Tissue Injuries


Near-Infrared Laser as a Complementary Therapy During Recovery From Musculoskeletal Soft Tissue Injuries


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Registration Fee:

$15 for NATA Members
$25 for Non-Members


Thursday, March 14, 2013


11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. CST


LASER (light amplification of stimulated emissions of radiation) uses organized beams of light to stimulate or suppress cell function through a process known as photobiomodulation. The webinar will discuss the concept of near infrared LASER as a therapeutic modality used as a complementary therapy during recovery from musculoskeletal soft tissue injury. During the presentation I will describe the components of a LASER and how it is used in clinical athletic training settings. The webinar will conclude with a detailed presentation of the LASER’s biological effects on tissues and the scientific evidence regarding its effectiveness in various clinical areas such as pain management, inflammation modulation and tissue repair and rehabilitation.

Clinical Objectives:

From watching this presentation you will have learned: (1) key concepts on how to use a therapeutic laser, (2) how laser interacts with biologic tissue, and (3) what the scientific evidence says regarding laser’s effectiveness in treating musculoskeletal injuries.


Paul Borsa, PhD, ATC
Associate Professor, University of Florida, Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology


Dr. Borsa graduated in 1994 with a PhD in Sports Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently the Director of the Sports Medicine Research Laboratory at the University of Florida in the College of Health & Human Performance. His primary area of research involves investigating the therapeutic effects LASER for musculoskeletal injuries with special reference to dose-response, tissue repair and neuromuscular function. Secondary area of research includes identifying how biological and psychological risk factors influence shoulder pain and outcome from injury. Additionally, Dr. Borsa has been a certified Athletic Trainer since 1989, he has peer-reviewed over 40 journal publication, serves as the Section Editor for the Journal of Athletic Training and is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine

Athletic Training Domain:

Treatment and Rehabilitation

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