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30.32, Special Topics: Optimizing performance
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Mental Techniques for Performance

Abstract:

CONTENT: This monograph for the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy discusses the biopsychosocial aspects associated with injury rehabilitation. The monograph also highlights verbal and non-verbal communication skills and mental skills and strategies used to enhance injury rehabilitation. Lastly, this monograph emphasizes the use of an inter-professional team, including mental performance services, in the injury recovery process. CASE ANALYSES: Case studies are presented. Each case highlights mental skills for adhering to injury rehabilitation and coping with pain.

Keywords:​

biopsychosocial, coping, cognitive appraisal, intake, assessment, rehabilitation, inter-professional team

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Wearable Technologies for Monitoring Human Performance

Abstract:

The use of wearable technologies is becoming more widespread in many fields. The course will provide physical therapists with in-depth discussion on the role of wearable technologies for monitoring human performance. The concepts of reliability and validity will be introduced along with the basic principles of monitoring. The benefits and limitations of wearable technologies and how the information can be used to inform practice will be discussed. Case studies will be provided on the practical application of wearable technologies for monitoring performance and rehabilitation.

Keywords:​

reliability, validity, exercise, rehabilitation

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Training Methodologies for Runners

Abstract:

CONTENT: This monograph focuses on the variety of training methods used by different levels of runners. The main objective of this monograph is for physical therapists to differentiate between the demands of a non-competitive and a competitive runner and identify the impact they have on a runner’s performance. This monograph also focuses on age-related modification of training methods, controversial methods, examples of evidence-based workouts, and a coach’s perspective on the importance of training methods. CASE ANALYSES: Three intriguing case studies are presented. Each case highlights strong clinical reasoning and evidence-based care. The first case involves a 29-year-old female low-competitive runner who has suffered a gastrocnemius strain. The second case describes a 45-year-old male recreational runner referred to physical therapy for ongoing complaints of gradual insidious onset of bilateral Achilles tendon pain. The third case details a 19-year-old female collegiate runner with patella-femoral pain and iliotibial tendinitis.

Keywords:​

athletic performance, controversial methods, running, sport-specific exercises

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