Neurocognitive & Motor Control Strategies for Maximizing Success in ACL Rehab: From the WHAT to the HOW

April 24, 2020 9:00 am - 11:55 am

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Marc Sherry, PT, DPT, LAT, CSCS, PES
Keith Knurr, PT, DPT
Dan Cobian, PT, DPT, PhD, CSCS

Despite the recent research and clinical focus on the importance of objective assessment following ACL reconstruction, return to sport rates, re-injury incidence, and abnormal biomechanics remain problematic long after injury and surgery. These findings suggest that a more in depth look at exercise specificity within the rehabilitation environment is warranted. Sports activities require alternating patterns of rapid muscle activation and relaxation with complex processing of auditory, visual, and proprioceptive stimuli in a changing environment. There remains a disconnect between the typical focus of ACL rehabilitation and the complex cognitive and neuromuscular demands of sports. This course will emphasize the importance of specificity in ACL rehabilitation, providing attendees with progressive and effective rehabilitation strategies for addressing the distinct neurocognitive and neuromuscular deficits arising from ACL injury and reconstruction. Innovative video demonstrations will illustrate progressive techniques of visual-spatial processing, dual tasking, external focus of attention, creating an athletic environment and rapid muscle force development that can be immediately incorporated in day-to-day treatment. These factors are essential for successful recovery and return to sport after ACL reconstruction. This session will go beyond theoretical framework and descriptive research, it will guide the clinician through effective execution of novel and evidence-supported techniques and interventions.


Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Recognize the discrepancies between the requirements of successful sports performance and the typical rehabilitation environment
  2. Understand how neurocognitive and neuromuscular deficiencies prohibit successful recovery and return to activity after ACL injury and reconstruction
  3. Develop and employ effective and sport specific exercise parameters to build the foundation for a successful return to sport
  4. Learn and implement new clinical strategies for addressing specific neurocognitive and neuromuscular performance deficits to maximize success in ACL rehabilitation