Luke O’Brien is the vice president of clinical physical therapy in Vail and the rehabilitation coordinator for Dr. Richard Steadman. Since joining Howard Head Sports Medicine as a physical therapist in 2002, he has focused on the treatment of lower extremity musculoskeletal disorders with a specialisation in the treatment of the knee. Luke has served as an assistant physical therapist for the US Ski Team, and as a consultant to many athletes, including those of Manchester United and Barcelona football clubs, the New York Mets, and the Portland Trail Blazers. Luke has also published numerous articles and text book chapters and has an adjunct faculty position at the University of Colorado. He holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland and a Master of Sports Physiotherapy from LaTrobe University. Luke is also a sports certified specialist as recognised by the American Physical Therapy Association.
Vice president of clinical physical therapy in Vail for Howard Head Sports Medicine : Howard Head Sports Medicine
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The aim of this course is to give you an overview of the important goals, outcomes and management strategies up to 6 weeks following ACL reconstruction. It will not teach practical skills or lead to any clinical qualification. It is your responsibility to practice within your scope of practice within your country or state.
In this course you will review your knowledge of ACL anatomy and functional mechanics. You will also learn about the grades of injury, the principles of surgical reconstruction and graft selection.
In this course you will be introduced to the nine phases of rehabilitation following ACL reconstruction, how to set realistic time frames, and when to move your patient to the following phase. You will also learn how to select appropriate exercise parameters for each phase.
The course discusses the final phases of rehabilitation before returning to sport and how to prepare athletes on high demanding sport-specific skills to prevent ACL-reinjury. It also takes into consideration the associated psychological factors and factors that predict outcomes after ACL-reconstruction.
This programme of courses and assignment will provide you with the foundational knowledge of ACL anatomy, injury and repair. It will cover rehabilitation planning through the different phases of ACL recovery up to full return to sport.
Blood Flow Restriction Therapy is a technique that uses a cuff to apply external pressure to a limb with the intention of occluding venous outflow whilst maintaining partial arterial inflow. The occluded limb is then exercised at a submaximal level. This low load exercise with blood flow restriction can increase muscle strength and size more effectively than low load exercises with no restriction. BFR can be very helpful in a clinical setting where patients cannot exercise at high intensity. This course will provide you with a basic introduction to blood flow restriction therapy and its application in clinical practice.
Considering the potential for postoperative complications, a small percentage of patients with ACL injuries might be suitable for non-operative management. An evidence-based set of screening tests can help us identify this group. Rehabilitation concepts are similar for both operative and nonoperative treatment of ACL injuries. However non-operative treatment is different with an increased emphasis on neuromuscular training to restore joint stability.
The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is a major knee stabilizer and its injury can result in long term consequences. In some cases, a non-operative approach to treatment has shown positive outcomes and long term benefits. In this course, you will learn about the decision-making process to guide PCL management and the components of a successful conservative rehabilitation plan.
Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injuries can occur in isolation and in combination with other knee pathologies. Despite being very strong, PCL tears are not uncommon however there is limited research evidence available to guide rehabilitation after reconstruction surgery. In this course, Luke O’Brien will share his experience in rehabilitating PCL injuries following surgery and how he prepares athletes to return safely to sport.