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The Athlete’s Lumbar Spine: Evaluation and Treatment

Product #
1328AT
Type
ATC/LAT
Hours
3
Approval Status

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Course Description:

The lumbar spine has long been reported as a significant problem in sports.  According to recent statistics, 89.5% of baseball athletes, 76.6% of soccer athletes, and 75% of gymnasts (to name just a few sports!) all report some type of low back pain. Injuries include soft tissue strains, facet syndrome, spondylolysis, end plate fractures, ring apophysis, and more. Why?? Aren’t our athletes well-conditioned?
Robert McCabe, DPT helps to educate about the reasons for the low back pain epidemic and how therapy can rehabilitate athletes and change the narrative. Join Dr. McCabe as he covers:

  • Sport culture
  • Inadequate (and proper) progressive loading
  • Proper return to sport testing
  • In-depth athlete lumbar spine evaluations
  • Rehabilitation: Phases/Goals/Components/Principles

Methods of Instruction:

Online audio/video course

Course Instructor:

Robert McCabe, DPT, OCS, CSCS, XPS, EXOS Performance Specialist

Target Audience:

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistants and Athletic Trainers.

Educational Level:

Intermediate

Prerequisites:

None

Course Goals and Objectives:

At the completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Recognize the prevalence of Low Back Pain (LBP) in Sports, the most common injuries, the reasons for the LBP epidemic, and the return to play outcomes.
  2. Recognize the spinal anatomy in common LBP diagnoses, the function of this anatomy, and how it affects rehabilitation.
  3. Differentiate between muscles in the Superficial Back Line vs. the Back Functional Line, and subsequent muscle imbalances.
  4. Differentiate between treatment models: Hodges, Pain Science/Biopsychosocial, Treatment-based Classification, Selective Functional Movement Assessment, and Movement-Based Approach.
  5. Recognize referred sources of pain, central/peripheral sensitization, and trigger point vs. fibrosis.
  6. Identify the use of flags in medical screening and recognize the flag hierarchy.
  7. Identify all the elements in a thorough athlete LBP evaluation including all special tests and recognize the evaluation order of tests.
  8. Differentiate between the Phases of Rehabilitation and appropriate therapeutic activities/exercise protocol and guidelines for each phase.
  9. Identify the uses of manual therapy in LBP diagnoses.
  10. Identify the return to play guidelines for athlete LBP diagnoses and the protocol for return to play.

Criteria for Obtaining Continuing Education Credits:

A score of 70% or greater on the post-test

ATC State Approvals

Alabama
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Alaska
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Arizona
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Arkansas
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
California
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Colorado
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Connecticut
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Delaware
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
District of Columbia
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Florida
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Georgia
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Hawaii
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Idaho
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Illinois
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Indiana
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Iowa
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Kansas
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Kentucky
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Louisiana
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Maine
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Maryland
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Massachusetts
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Michigan
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Minnesota
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Mississippi
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Missouri
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Montana
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Nebraska
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Nevada
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
New Hampshire
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
New Jersey
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
New Mexico
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
New York
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
North Carolina
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
North Dakota
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Ohio
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Oklahoma
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Oregon
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Pennsylvania
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Rhode Island
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
South Carolina
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
South Dakota
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Tennessee
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Texas
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Utah
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Vermont
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Virginia
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Washington
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
West Virginia
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Wisconsin
BOC Approved Provider-Category A
Wyoming
BOC Approved Provider-Category A

PT State Approvals

Alabama
Board Accepted/Approved
Alaska
Approved
Arizona
Approved Category A
California
Approved
Colorado
Approved- Meets CO DORA for Category 1
Connecticut
Board Accepted/Approved
Delaware
Approved
District of Columbia
Approved
Florida
Florida Approved for Online/Home Study
Georgia
Approved
Hawaii
Approved
Idaho
Approved
Illinois
Illinois Approved Provider (#216.000250)
Indiana
Approved-Category 1
Iowa
Board Accepted/Approved
Kansas
Board Accepted/Approved
Kentucky
Kentucky-KPTA Approved Provider - #CS75-2023-APTAKY (Expires 11-2-25) Category 1
Louisiana
Louisiana PT Board Approved- Expires 12-31-24
Maine
No State Requirements
Maryland
Maryland PT Board Approved
Massachusetts
Approved
Michigan
Approved (Activity Code 1)
Minnesota
Minnesota PT Board Approved- Expires 5-11-25 - # 10388
Mississippi
Approved
Missouri
Approved
Montana
Approved Category A
Nebraska
Board Accepted/Approved
New Hampshire
Board Accepted/Approved
New York
Approved Provider
North Carolina
Approved
North Dakota
Board Accepted/Approved
Oklahoma
Approved- Oklahoma Medical Board Via CE Broker
Oregon
Approved
Pennsylvania
Approved - (3GEN, 0DA)
Rhode Island
Approved
South Carolina
Board Accepted/Approved
South Dakota
No State Requirements
Tennessee
Board Accepted/Approved-Class 1
Texas
TPTA Approved/Accredited Provider # 2501036TX
Utah
Board Accepted/Approved
Vermont
Approved
Virginia
Approved-Type 1
Washington
Board Accepted/Approved
West Virginia
West Virginia PT Board Approved- Expires 12-31-24 - # ADVC-F24-08
Wisconsin
Approved
Wyoming
Board Accepted/Approved