A live seminar available through Cross Country Education aims to teach healthcare and training professionals how to assess a client’s risk for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. The “Evidence-Based Sports Enhancement Programs” seminar also seeks to help attendees develop an individual and/or team program to prevent ACL injuries based upon current research, notes the Cross Country Education website.

According to the seminar brochure, attendees will learn how to discuss the incidence and mechanism of ACL injuries and the differences in men and women, describe the up-to-date literature and its comments about ACL prevention, and examine how “pre-hab” can decrease the number of ACL injuries, particularly among females. Attendees will also learn how to identify the biomechanics of the lower extremity and how it relates to ACL injuries, examine screening tools and techniques to assess potential ACL injuries and determine a client’s risk, as well as list the components of a successful sports enhancement program.

Additional objectives for the course include developing an ACL injury-prevention program specific to the age and gender of the client, evaluate therapeutic techniques and interventions to reduce injury and increase performance, recognize how closed-chain biomechanics and neuromuscular control can impact the ACL and incidence of non-contact injuries, and apply neuromuscular control and specificity of training principles to the development of an athletic performance enhancement program.

Course presenter Kevin McWilliams, MS, PT, OCS, has more than 20 years of experience rehabilitating and training both injured and healthy athletes. The site notes that currently, he works in the outpatient setting both as a clinician and as an owner of SERC Physical and Hand Therapy of Clinton, Missouri, specializing in orthopedic and sports medicine. McWilliams received his master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Kansas and has served as Orthopedic Clinical Specialist with the American Physical Therapy Association since 2000. He is a member of the APTA and Orthopedic Section of the APTA.

For more information and course locations visit www.crosscountryeducation.com

[Source: Cross Country Education]