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Injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the most prevalent of internal knee lesions and can result in short-term physical impairments and long-term joint morbidity. This intermediate-level course provides an overview of the etiology and risk factors of isolated ACL injuries; discusses pertinent clinical examination, classification, and prognosis after ACL injuries and reconstruction; and reviews evidence-based interventions to maximize successful outcomes after injury or surgery. Decisions regarding which patients are appropriate for nonoperative management of an ACL-deficient knee, how to safely progress patients through a criterion-based guideline, and when to provide recommendations for safe return back to sports after ACL injury or reconstruction are discussed.
This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1611021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT & PTA license renewal in Texas.
Florida PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA) approval #CE16-25979. Approval of this course does not necessarily imply FPTA supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
California PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California through Net Education Design, Inc., an agency recognized by the board to approve courses that meet Physical Therapy Regulations 1399.96.
Ohio PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, Approval #17S0588
Pennsylvania PTs & PTAs – Course Approval #PTCE011765
New Jersey PTs & PTAs - Pre-Approved by the NJ Board of PT Examiners, Approval #P1704-119 Expires 1/31/18.
- Identify the major components of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and its relationship to arthrokinematics of the knee.
- Discuss the etiology and clinical course typically seen after ACL injury and reconstruction.
- Identify the risk factors associated with noncontact ACL injury.
- Describe the components of a comprehensive clinical examination for patients with a suspected ACL injury.
- Classify patients as potential copers or noncopers to assist in decision making regarding management following ACL injury.
- Formulate a treatment progression using clinical strategies and evidence-based interventions after ACL injury and reconstruction.
- Recognize the clinical outcomes after ACL injury and reconstruction.
Zakariya H. Nawasreh, BS, MS
, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2006 and a master of science degree in health and rehabilitation sciences from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. He has worked as a teaching assistant and supervised students’ clinical training in the applied medical sciences at Jordan University of Science and Technology. He is pursuing a doctorate in biomechanics and movement science at the University of Delaware, with a focus on operative and nonoperative ACL intervention and outcomes.
Elizabeth A. Wellsandt, DPT, received her doctorate in physical therapy and bachelor of science degree in medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, in 2009. From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Wellsandt worked as a physical therapist in multiple outpatient orthopedic clinics across the United States, providing care to patients with ACL injuries – both those with access to standard medical treatment and those in medically underserved communities where nonoperative treatment was their only option. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in biomechanics and movement science at the University of Delaware, with a focus on operative and nonoperative ACL intervention and outcomes.
David S. Logerstedt, PT, PhD, MPT, MA, SCS, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in health and human performance from the University of Montana and a master of arts degree in exercise physiology from the University of North Carolina. He earned a master’s degree in physical therapy from East Carolina University and a doctorate in the interdisciplinary program of biomechanics and movement science from the University of Delaware. He completed a postdoctoral research position in knee osteoarthritis and total knee arthroplasty with Drs. Lynn Snyder-Mackler and Joseph Zeni, Jr. Dr. Logerstedt is currently a research assistant professor and interim academic director of the sports residency in the department of physical therapy at the University of Delaware. Dr. Logerstedt has been a practicing rehabilitation specialist for more than 15 years and is board certified in sports physical therapy. He was a physical therapist at the athletes’ Olympic Village polyclinic at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. He has presented his research on ACL and knee disorders at national and international conferences and has published in prestigious sports medicine journals on ACL injuries.
- Courses must be completed within one (1) year of the date of purchase.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
- Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
- There are no prerequisites for this course.