Life after ACL Injury: Optimizing Muscle Function Now to Preserve Health and Well-Being Later Webinar

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 11:00 to 12:15
Webinar Fee: 
$15.00 for NATA members / $25.00 for non-members
Target Audience: 
Athletic Trainers
Grant Norte PhD, ATC
Grant Norte is an Assistant Professor of Athletic Training and Co-Director of the Motion Analysis & Integrative Neurophysiology (MAIN) lab at the University of Toledo. Grant received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine from California Lutheran University, a Master of Education in Athletic Training from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia. Grant’s research agenda aims to study the neurophysiological origins of post-traumatic muscular dysfunction in patients with a history of knee joint injury to better understand, and develop, early intervention strategies that promote long-term health and well-being.
Adam S. Lepley PhD, ATC
Dr. Adam Lepley currently serves as the Clinical Education Coordinator for the Athletic Training Program and Co-Director of the Michigan Performance Research lab at the University of Michigan. Adam received his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Grand Valley State University, Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota, and Ph.D. from the University of Toledo. Adam was previously an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Departments of Kinesiology and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Connecticut, where he also served as the Athletic Training Program Director. Adam’s overall research agenda is focused on understanding neural contributions to muscle dysfunction and their involvement in biomechanical performance and self-reported function, with a special focus on lower extremity injury. The overall goal of this research is to identify the origins of persistent neuromuscular dysfunction for the purpose of maintaining long-term joint health following acute injury.
Clinical outcomes following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) remain unsatisfactory, with elevated rates of re-injury and osteoarthritis reported within 1-2 decades. Quadriceps dysfunction is thought to influence such outcomes by promoting deleterious biomechanical adaptations, yet traditional rehabilitation often fails to restore muscle function beyond return-to-activity. Advances in our understanding of underlying contributions to persistent muscle weakness have shaped the development of novel rehabilitation approaches. To address the burden of ACLR, we will (1) highlight evidence of the underlying mechanisms and clinical impact of quadriceps dysfunction, and (2) provide clinicians with novel therapeutic interventions to optimize clinical outcomes over the lifespan.
Athletic Training Domains: 
Domain 2 – Examination, Assessment and Diagnosis
Domain 4 – Therapeutic Intervention
Course Level: 
Clinical Objectives: 

At the conclusion of this presentation, the learner will be able to:

Participants will be able to identify the underlying neurological and morphological contributions to quadriceps dysfunction following ACL reconstruction, and apply this knowledge to patient assessment.
Participants will be able to describe the neuromuscular and biomechanical adaptations that characterize patients over the lifespan following ACL reconstruction.
Participants will be able to recognize how quadriceps dysfunction negatively impacts biomechanical and patient-reported outcomes immediately following, and in the years following, ACL reconstruction.
Particpants will be able to implement novel therapeutic interventions to enhance quadriceps muscle function and movement quality, and optimize both short- and long-term clinical outcomes following ACL reconstruction.
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