Session Descriptions

Wednesday, October 14 — Pre-Conference Session
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Selective Functional Movement Assessment: An Integrated Model to Address Regional Interdependence

The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a series of comprehensive full body movement tests designed to assess patterns of movement. As a response to or in the presence of pain, altered motor control contributes to the development of dysfunctional movement patterns. Over time, these pain attenuated movement patterns lead to protective movement and fear of movement, resulting in clinically observed impairments such as decreased ROM, muscle length changes, and declines in strength. Once CPR's and diagnosis specific techniques are exhausted, applying the SFMA model will allow for individualized exercise prescription and progression which encompasses the concept of regional interdependence. As musculoskeletal system experts, it is essential that physical therapists understand the relationships between body segments and how impairments in one body region may adversely affect function of another body region. Approaching therapeutic exercise prescription from a movement perspective model allows for the concept of regional interdependence to be addressed in a logical, methodical manner. Modeled after Cyriax's selective tissue testing, each test of the SFMA is scored as functional/non-painful, dysfunctional/non-painful, functional/painful or dysfunctional/painful. The goal is for the clinician to identify the most dysfunctional non-painful movement pattern and break this pattern down to identify the underlying cause of the dysfunction. This includes using traditional muscle length and joint assessment tests which lead to corrective manual therapy and exercise interventions. Emphasis is placed on identifying the most dysfunctional patterns and the model calls for the intervention to be directed at only the non-painful patterns. This ensures that corrective strategies will not be hindered by the adverse effects of pain on motor control. Utilizing the latest evidence, the model is designed to complement traditional manual therapy while addressing the concept of regional interdependence. Once the full body movement tests are performed and scored, the model calls for the participant to more closely investigate the dysfunctional patterns by performing a series of breakout tests associated with the given pattern. The purpose of the breakout tests is to identify the most prominent impairment associated with the dysfunctional pattern being addressed. Intervention is then directed at the identified impairment and a logical progression of therapeutic exercise is prescribed with the goal of normalizing the dysfunctional pattern identified. This course will cover the background, philosophy and evidence related to movement testing and regional interdependence in a lecture format. Then participants will enjoy a demonstration and laboratory session which covers the full body movement tests and corrective exercise strategies of the SFMA. Participants will be taught the assessment criteria and ample lab time will be given to ensure the participants are comfortable integrating the tests immediately into their clinical practice.

Session Objectives
  1. Immediately apply information gained from the SFMA to select key impairments to address and design appropriate interventions to normalize dysfunctional movement.
  2. Describe the importance of assisting movement patterns in both the loaded and unloaded positions and how this information can be used to guide intervention.
  3. Link the assessment information to the initial therapeutic strategy and initiate the most appropriate treatment interventions (manual therapy and functional exercise) into the traditional rehabilitation program to normalize dysfunctional movement.

Kyle Kiesel, PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
University of Evansville
Phil Pilsky, PT, DSc, OCS, ATC, CSCS
Vice President of Clinical Excellence
ProRehab PC

Wednesday, October 14 and Thursday, October 15 — Pre-Conference Session
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Lumbopelvic Motor Control: Advanced Clinical Assessment and Treatment of Motor Control Dysfunction in Low Back Pelvic Pain

Exercise is recognized as one of the most effective treatments for back pain. There has been considerable debate regarding the type of exercise that is most ideal. This series of lectures and clinical workshops aims to unravel how and why motor control training is effective for lumbopelvic pain and to consider how to apply this in clinical practice, including dealing with common barriers to clinical improvement. Recent evidence shows that motor control training can lead to reorganization of the brain and changes in how muscles are used to control the spine. A key issue that will be addressed is to consider how the nervous system controls movement from simple to complex tasks.

The program involves specific motor learning strategies for restoring the function of the deep muscle system and integration of the deep and superficial muscle systems. Assessment strategies will be introduced that provide clinical methods to identify normal and abnormal strategies of muscle activation. Participants will be taken through the rehabilitation process from the initial assessment to high-level rehabilitation. Ultrasound imaging as an assessment tool and strategy for feedback will be introduced.

Session Objectives:
  1. Consider the presentations of motor control dysfunction in low back and pelvic pain.
  2. Present an integrated model of dynamic control that considers the delicate balance between movement and stability
  3. Integrate contemporary models of neurophysiology of pain with motor control training.
  4. Consider the challenge to coordinate the multiple functions of the trunk muscles, including breathing and continence.
  5. Present the clinical relevance of the most current research evidence
  6. Review the basic components of assessment and treatment and introduce advanced clinical skills.
  7. Discuss the barriers to clinical improvement and strategies to overcome them.
  8. Develop clinical strategies to evaluate and train the balance between movement and stability from initial assessment to discharge.
  9. Integrate ultrasound imaging into rehabilitation with careful consideration of pros and cons of this approach.

Paul Hodges, Bphty (Hons) PhD MedDr
Professor and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow NHMRC
Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health
University of Queensland, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Ultrasound Imaging: Assessing Muscular Behavior to Augment Lumbar Stabilization Training

Chronic low back pain is an epidemic phenomenon in our healthcare system. This course will use a hand-on approach that will incorporate the latest evidence for the clinical examination and interventions for patients with poor underlying motor control related to their low back pain. Specifically this program will teach the participants how to use rehabilitative ultrasound imaging to assess and train the deep trunk musculature. These muscles have been identified as dysfunctional in those with chronic low back pain; however, traditional measurement techniques have been unable to assess the structure and function of these muscles. Rehabilitative ultrasound imaging is a new tool that allows for the assessment and training of these muscles.

Session Objectives:
  1. Integrate the management of lumbopelvic dysfunction within the context of a comprehensive treatment-based classification system for patients with low back pain.
  2. Demonstrate clinical examination procedures to accurately identify patients likely to benefit from a stabilization exercise approach based on a recently developed clinical prediction rule.
  3. Demonstrate clinical assessment and training techniques to for the deep trunk musculature.
  4. Able to use rehabilitative ultrasound imaging to augment the assessment and training of the deep trunk muscles that have associated dysfunction in those with low back pain.

Course Outline:
Day One:
8:00-8:15: Introduction and Course Overview
8:15-9:00: Classification and Clinical Examination
9:00-9:45: Who Benefits from Lumbar Stabilization Training
9:45-10:15: Physical Examination Lab
10:15-10:30: Break
10:30-11:30: Introduction to Ultrasound Imaging
11:30-12:00: Introduction to Ultrasound Imaging Lab
12:00-1:00: Lunch
1:00-1:30: Fundamental Concepts of Lumbar Stabilization Training
1:30-3:00: Assessment and Training of the Anterior Trunk Muscles Lecture and Lab
3:00-3:15: Break
3:15-4:30: Assessment and Training of the Anterior Trunk Muscles Lecture and Lab
4:30-5:00: Review
Day Two:
8:00-9:00: Small Group Testing and Review
9:00-9:30: Biofeedback Training Concepts
9:30-10:15: Assessment and Training of the Posterior Trunk Muscles Lecture and Lab
10:15-10:30: Break
10:30-12:00: Assessment and Training of the Posterior Trunk Muscles Lecture and Lab
12:00-1:00: Lunch
1:00-3:00: Assessment and Training of the Pelvic Floor Muscles Lecture and Lab
3:00-3:15: Break
3:15-4:30: Overview of Phase II and Phase III Lumbar Stabilization Training & Clinical Decision Making
4:30-5:00: Review, Questions, and Answers

Deydre S. Teyhen, PT, PhD, OCS
Associate Professor, Director of the Center for Physical Therapy Research
US Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy

Friday, October 16 — Keynote Presentations

Lumbopelvic Motor Control: Moving Evidence into Action

Although the management of low back pain continues to be considered an “epidemic” in the U.S. and other healthcare systems around the world, physical therapists offer many evidence-based and cost-effective solutions that result in optimal outcomes. This presentation will help translate the current evidence to facilitate enhanced clinical decision-making with practical applications across the spectrum of patients with low back pain. Specifically, this presentation will focus on the latest evidence regarding motor control training strategies and functional progression to optimize outcomes of care.

  1. Identify the sub group of patients likely to succeed with motor control training exercises within the context of a comprehensive classifications system for patients with LBP.
  2. Identify manual therapy and therapeutic exercise treatments and progression strategies to enhance motor control and clinical outcomes.
  3. Understand the importance of translating evidence into clinical practice

Deydre S. Teyhen, PT, PhD, OCS
Associate Professor, Director of the Center for Physical Therapy Research
US Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy

Training the Brain in Back Pain: Requirements of Spinal Control, Changes in the System with Pain, and Changing the Brain in Pain

This lecture will provide an overview of the normal strategies for control of the spine and pelvis, how this changes with pain and the evidence that this can be improved with rehabilitation strategies.

  1. Gain an understanding of the requirements for optimal spinal function
  2. Understand the biomechanical demands on the spine and the neural strategies to meet these demands
  3. Consider the changes in control of the spine in pain and injury and the underlying mechanisms
  4. Discuss treatment options and whether they have the capacity to restore control of the spine and reduce pain and disability

Paul Hodges, Bphty (Hons) PhD MedDr
Professor and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow NHMRC
Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health
University of Queensland, School of Health and Rehabilitation

Saturday, October 17 — Education Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions will be conducted multiple times in four groups of concurrent sessions. Several of these sessions will repeat allowing you to attend as many sessions as possible.

Breakout sessions will be offered during the following times:
Breakout Session 1: 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Breakout Session 2: 10:30 am - 12:00 noon
Breakout Session 3: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Breakout Session 4: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm



APTA Statehouse Strategies — Promoting & Defending Vision 2020 at the State Level

Offered in Breakout Session 1; 8:30 am - 10:00 am and Breakout Session 4; 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The session will focus on APTA and its state chapter efforts to promote and improve the PT profession through various state legislative initiatives such as direct access and revisions to state PT practice acts. Attendees will learn about the latest threats to the profession from infringement from various other professions. The session will provide a special focus on efforts by chiropractors in the states to expand their scope of practice and restrict the use of spinal manipulation of PTs. Attendees will also become acquainted with the various strategies and tools that are used in state legislative battle.

Session Objectives:
  1. Understand the political environment at the state level and its influence on APTA's state legislative initiatives including direct access, referral for profit, and PT scope of practice.
  2. Identify key area of the PT profession that is at risk of infringement from other providers; especially the issue of spinal manipulation and legislative efforts by chiropractors.
  3. Anticipate how emerging state policy issues will affect your practice.
  4. Become a more effective advocate for your patients and your profession with policy makers.

Justin Elliott
Director, State Government Affairs
American Physical Therapy Association



Chronic Ankle Instability (CAI): Recognition across the Clinical Spectrum

Offered in Breakout Session 2; 10:30 am - 12:00 pm and Breakout Session 4; 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Presentation of the health problems related to CAI including differential diagnosis of mechanical ankle instability (MAI) and functional ankle instability (FAI). Dr. Hertel will present original research results stemming from his lab group's work over the past decade on the biomechanical and neuromuscular aspects of CAI. James Beazell and Eric Magrum are both AAOMPT fellows with a combined 40 years of orthopaedic physical therapy experience and will share their clinical pearls for evaluating and treating patients with CAI. Appropriate manual therapy interventions based on specific assessment techniques for joints related to ankle mobility. Discussion of research done at our facilities regarding manipulation effects and neuromuscular interventions will be presented as part of this program.

Session Objectives:
  1. Learn to evaluate for the two components of CAI-FAI and MAI.
  2. Specific evaluation and treatment of joint mobility dysfunctions relative to CAI including tibiotalar and fibular mobility.
  3. Functional training for LE stability including short foot testing and training.

University of Virginia-Healthsouth Spine and Sports Medicine
Jay Hertel, Phd, ATC, FASCM, FNATA
Associate Professor, Sports Medicine Program
University of Virginia
Eric Magrum, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT
University of Virginia-Healthsouth Spine and Sports Medicine



Consideration of Breathing and Continence in Back Pain

Offered in Breakout Session 1; 8:30 am - 10:00 am, Breakout Session 2; 10:30 am - 12;00 pm and Breakout Session 3; 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

This session is designed to broaden the view of strategies for management of spinal pain. Trunk muscles perform multiple functions. Most notably, in addition to the control of movement and stability of the spine, these muscles also contribute to the breathing and continence. This workshop will discuss the evaluation and treatment of continence and breathing changes that are likely to present as barriers to rehabilitation of the control of trunk muscles.

Session Objectives:
  1. Develop an understanding of the coordination of breathing, continence and spinal control.
  2. Discuss assessment and treatment options to rehabilitate the multiple functions of the trunk muscles
  3. Consider the role of incontinence and breathing disorders in the development of spinal pain.

Paul Hodges, Bphty (Hons) PhD MedDr
Professor and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow NHMRC Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health
University of Queensland, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences



Direct Access Care of Musculoskeletal Pathology Provided by Physical Therapists: A Wartime Model

Offered in Breakout Session 3; 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm and Breakout Session 4; 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

A look behind the success in a model that allows physical therapists to manage patients with musculoskeletal conditions in an autonomous fashion. The session will review the literature supporting the diagnostic accuracy of physical therapists in primary care settings when compared to other health care providers. The recent front line combat deployment of physical therapists as part of the medical team has proven the value of proficiency with musculoskeletal diagnostic imaging, fracture management, and advanced clinical decision making. They are often regarded as the local expert in musculoskeletal pathology. Results from a survey from physicians and physician-assistants all across Iraq and Afghanistan will be discussed showing how they feel about their Soldiers having direct access to see a physical therapist. They also express their perception of the competency that physical therapists have in ordering and reading diagnostic imaging, making evacuation decisions for their patients with musculoskeletal pathology, and taking advice from physical therapists for the management of their patients. Many of these patient management strategies could be successfully implemented in different health care sectors.

Session Objectives:
  1. Review the history of direct access for patients to see a physical therapist in the department of defense health care system.
  2. Review the specific skills set proficiency that have enabled physical therapists to have success in primary care management of patients with musculoskeletal pathology in a combat setting: the impact of this proficiency (diagnostic imaging, differential diagnosis, clinical decision making, and diagnostic accuracy).
  3. Review specific patient cases in a deployed combat setting with substantially different outcomes because of physical therapist management in a primary care setting.

Dan Rhon, D.Sc.,OCS, FAAOMPT
Physical Therapist, Research Director, Clinical Education Director
Madigan Army Medical Center
Skip Gill, D.Sc.,OCSCert. MDT, FAAOMPT
Graduate Program Director, Fellowship Director
Brooke Army Medical Center



How Central Sensitization Becomes a Facilitated Segment

Offered in Breakout Session 2; 10:30 am - 12:00 pm and Breakout Session 4; 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The lecture format presentation will discuss the research related to doctoral thesis regarding centralized pain mechanisms and their progression to a clinical musculoskeletal state. Manual therapy clinicians are familiar with the terms facilitated segment, osteopathic lesion, and somatic dysfunction, the presentation discusses the science behind their development and its clinical implications to evaluation and treatment.

Session Objectives:
  1. To understand the extent of science that is available to support our clinical theories.
  2. To develop greater critical thinking in treatment decisions regarding complex neurophysiological conditions in musculoskeletal patients.
  3. To understand the multiple overlapping systems involved in many musculoskeletal disorders.

Richard Kring, DMT, DPT, PT, FAAOMPT
Director of Clinical Research
Cleveland Clinic



Lumbar Stabilization Training: Initial Phases and Patient Response

Offered in Breakout Session 1; 8:30 am - 10:00 am, Breakout Session 3; 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm and Breakout Session 4; 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Although interventions designed to improve motor control such as lumbar stabilization training (core stability, Pilates, yoga, cross-fit, etc) receive considerable attention and “hype” in the popular media, understanding the foundational skills and motor control tasks required for successful patient outcomes is essential. This course will focus on the clinical application of current best evidence to optimize the function of the deep trunk muscles (transverses abdominis, lumbar multifidus, and pelvic floor muscles) to improve patient-oriented outcomes and costs of care. Participants will have the opportunity to view rehabilitative ultrasound imaging assessments of common lumbar stabilization exercises to visually assess the influence of these exercises on the deep trunk musculature.

  1. Identify the foundational skills necessary to prescribe motor control exercise training that results in optimal outcomes
  2. Identify strategies to facilitate and enhance the function of the abdominal, paraspinal, and pelvic floor muscles
  3. Discuss the pros and cons regarding the potential application of rehabilitative ultrasound imaging in routine clinical practice

Deydre S. Teyhen, PT, PhD, OCS
Associate Professor, Director of the Center for Physical Therapy Research
US Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical



Musculoskeletal Clinical Reasoning — Thin Slicing Our Way to Clinical Expertise

Offered in Breakout Session 1; 8:30 am - 10:00 am and Breakout Session 2; 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Expertise is the goal of every dedicated clinician. Evidence-based medicine acknowledges that the collaborative relationship between the clinical expert and the individual patient is the essence of high quality care. The 21st Century, like all epochs, presents the expert clinician with new challenges and opportunities, requiring new skill sets that augment established standards of practice. Clinical expertise by manual physical therapists not only includes superior manual therapy skills, but equally importantly, keen clinical reasoning. Clinical reasoning constitutes logic and rational constructs based on sound assumptions, which guide the clinical experience. This course first will examine the fundamental principles, couched in anatomy, pathophysiology and biomechanics, that to a great degree guided clinical reasoning and expertise development in the late 20th Century. The assumption of 'therapist-as-instrument', with reliability and validity through keen observation skills, 'test-retest' verification of observations/effects, and common clinical reasoning errors will be explored. Additionally, emerging clinical reasoning tools (e.g. regression analysis modeling, Clinical Prediction Rules) that demonstrate new dimensions of accuracy and utility in patient care will be emphasized. Optimal healthcare in the 21st Century is exemplified by experts using 'super-cruncher' skills in patient interactions and problem-solving. Experts know the rules and know how and when to integrate these into clinical decision making. The course will end with a series of cases that present clinical dilemmas and highlight how experts solve these problems.

Session Objectives:
  1. Present an overview of traditional clinical reasoning.
  2. Discuss models of expertise and controversies in these models.
  3. Examine error in human perception and reasoning common to expert clinicians.
  4. Provide a model for the 21st century expert using state-of-the-art clinical reasoning.

Timothy Flynn, PT, PhD
Associate Professor
RHCHP-School of Physical Therapy, Regis
Britt Smith, PT, DPT
SOAR Physical Therapy



Physical Therapist 2.0 Considerations for an Evolving Marketplace

Offered in Breakout Session 2; 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Physical Therapist 2.0 Considerations for an Evolving Marketplace is one part lecture, one part tutorial, and one part open discussion. Eric will explore the concept of Physical Therapist 2.0 and the considerations that go with education, practicing and conducting business in the world of Health 2.0. This session is targeted to all physical therapists without regard to technical proficiency with the internet. A variety of web tools will be demonstrated. Examples of successful social media marketing will be presented. And, debate and discussion will be encouraged as we all explore the ways in which physical therapists fit into this new world of iPods, Blackberrys and (gasp!) bloggers.

Session Objectives:
  1. Define the terms Health 2.0 and Medicine 2.0, and understand the role of the physical therapist in this changing healthcare realm.
  2. Understand the role of social media in physical therapist branding and marketing.
  3. Develop a strategy to respond appropriately to a changing consumer marketplace using Web 2.0 and social media tools.

Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS
Assistant Professor
Medical College of Georgia



Quantitative Sensory Testing: Basic Assessment Skills for the Identification of Impaired Pain Processing

Offered in Breakout Session 3; 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm and Breakout Session 4; 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Pain is a prominent complaint addressed in orthopedic physical therapy practice. As a front line health care provider, the orthopedic manual physical therapist must be competent not only in differential diagnosis of musculoskeletal dysfunction, but must also recognize the signs and symptoms of altered pain processing. Recent evidence provides some support for the use of quantitative sensory testing in the clinic to aid the clinician in determining central and peripheral nervous system sensitization and in choosing proper management. This breakout session will use clinical examples ranging from whiplash to knee osteoarthritis to demonstrate these assessment tools and to explain their usefulness in pain diagnosis.

Session Objectives:
  1. Participant will appreciate the neurophysiology of peripheral and central sensitization resulting from insult to the musculoskeletal system.
  2. Participant will identify appropriate tools for quantitative sensory testing (QST) related to sensory processing in specific musculoskeletal dysfunctions.
  3. Participant will accurately analyze the results of various QST and use the results to determine management and prognosis.

Carol Courtney, PT, PhD, ATC, FAAOMPT
Associate Professor; Director, Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy
University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Physical Therapy
Carina Lowry, PT, DPT,OCS, FAAOMPT
Adjunct Clinical Faculty
Northeastern University
Michael O'Hearn, PT,MHS,OCS, FAAOMPT
Adjunct Assistant Clincial Professor
University of Illinois at Chicago
Alicia Emerson Kavchak, PT,MS,OCS,FAAOMPT
Clinical Instructor
University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Physical Therapy



Patient centered efficiency: the role of direct access to physical therapy in the United States

Offered in Breakout Session 1; 8:30 am - 10:00 am and Breakout Session 3; 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Recent evidence indicates that access to orthopaedic manual physical therapy (OMPT) is cost effective, provides improved clinical outcomes, and increased patient satisfaction (patient-centered efficiency). Indeed, most states provide for some role for physical therapists as an entry point into the healthcare system. However, legislative and fiscal barriers to the ability of therapists to provide intervention and obtain payment for services remain. A central issue related to current opposition to direct access is the diagnostic ability of OMPTs. This does not consider a second important issue related to clinical outcomes and proficiency with manual physical therapy. These areas of recent legislative efforts and work in the OMPT literature provide an opportunity for the profession, because the current presidential administration sees comparative-effectiveness research on drugs, devices and procedures as necessary to reduce the "considerable waste in our healthcare system." This session provides an interactive discussion of current research and legislative information that demonstrates the role and skills necessary for OMPTs to function as an access point into the healthcare system; including California’s direct access legislative experience, current manual therapy research and education to promote optimal patient outcomes, and diagnostic skills necessary for OMPTs to function as a route of entry into the healthcare system.

Session Objectives
  1. Discuss the existing literature related to safety, patient satisfaction, economic analyses related to direct access to physical therapy
  2. Identify the legislative barriers to direct access using the recent legislative experience of the California Physical Therapy Association as a case study and formulate possible strategies for use in attendee’s home State
  3. Discuss the skills necessary for physical therapists to engage in safe, effective, and efficient direct access practice, including the roles for physical therapists in diagnosis of pathology and acquisition of skill in evidence-based manual therapy interventions

Todd Davenport, PT, DPT, OCS
Assistant Professor
University of the Pacific
Kornelia Kulig, PT, PhD, FMAAOMPT
Associate Profesor of Clinical Physical Therapy
University of Southern California
Cheryl Resnik, PT,DPT,MSHCM
Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy
University of Southern California



Student Session: Selected Manual Therapy Interventions and Functional Exercises for the Shoulder

Offered in Breakout Session 3; 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm and Breakout Session 4; 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

This student breakout session is a half day course designed to provide the student /entry level physical therapist with current evidence based information on manual therapy techniques and functional exercise rehabilitation interventions for the patient with shoulder disorders. This course will provide both didactic and practical hands-on skills lab for the student clinician. It is geared for those that desire to know the most up-to-date information on the manual therapy and functional exercise intervention for the patient with shoulder pathology. It will include a brief lecture on the latest evidence, a hands-on shoulder mobilization lab, then followed up with exercise interventions, with specific interest on the integration of functional exercises designed to enhance the therapeutic effects of the manual therapy and return to function.

Session Objectives:
  1. Know the evidence that supports manual therapy and exercise interventions for shoulder disorders
  2. Perform selected manual therapy techniques for the shoulder
  3. Demonstrate appropriate exercise intervention for the patient with shoulder disorders

Bob Boyles, PT, DPT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT
Associate Professor
University of Puget Sound
Danny McMillian, PT, DSc, OCS, CSCS
Assistant Professor
University of Puget Sound



Speaking to the Media: The Inside Scoop

Offered in Breakout Session 1; 8:30 am - 10:00 am

It is more important than ever that the voice of physical therapists be heard in order to ensure that our practice rights are protected and that consumers seek out physical therapists as first providers. To that end, there are multiple media platforms available (written, digital, internet, radio, television) to help educate the public, as well as other providers, about the knowledge and skills specific to physical therapists. In this era of short attention spans and sound bytes however there is often a very short window in which to convey this message, no matter what the venue. It therefore becomes extremely important that the message is concise and credible, the presentation is impressive and the listener/viewer is left with a lasting, positive impression. Surprising as it may seem, this is something that takes both preparation and practice, just like manual therapy skills! This session will provide attendees with all the tips necessary for a positive media experience, including how to seek out a variety of media opportunities.

Session Objectives:
  1. Articulate the characteristics of a successful media appearance
  2. Identify media opportunities that are a suitable match
  3. Demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal skills for radio/television interview appearances

Stephania Bell, PT, OCS, CSCS
Injury Analyst, Senior Writer



Spinal Stabilization Training for the Lumbar and Lower Quarter Patient

Offered in Breakout Session 2; 10:30 am - 12:00 pm and Breakout Session 3; 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

A discussion will be presented regarding the evidence from current literature including optimal techniques for recruitment and correction of pathological motor patterns. The techniques presented will emphasize the ligamento-musculo reflex loop from proprioceptors and the relationship to exercise biomechanics. Motor learning via external and internal cues will be discussed and reviewed and how the evidence interfaces with practice. The session will begin with a slide presentation of evidence, theory, design and dosage including video of assessment, functional testing and corrective exercise using patient examples from clinical experience. Sports specific application of exercise relating spinal biomechanics and lower limb dysfunction will be described and shown. The session will end with a lab that will include practical application for lower quarter exercise with external cueing for lumbopelvic stabilization and optimal recruitment.

Session Objectives:
  1. Describe and incorporate multiple approaches to motor learning fro recruitment and performance using external cues.
  2. Design exercises for incorporating dynamic lumbar stabilization during lower quarter balance, coordination, endurance and strength training for lumbar and lower quarter diagnosis.
  3. Describe principles for exercise dosage for specific training qualities regarding tissue repair, ROM, balance, coordination, endurance, strength and power.

Ola Grimsby Institute
Ola Grimsby Institute

Sunday, October 18 — Research Day

Research Presentation Day

Research Day will present a series of selected abstracts of research inquiry from case-report and case-series up to clinical trials. Abstracts will also be presented in poster presentations on Friday evening in the Exhibit Hall.

Exhibitors: The conference will also offer many opportunities to visit with exhibitors who will be showcasing the latest information, research, products and resources available to you to achieve success in OMPT.