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Rehabilitation of athletic injuries with the goal of returning to sport requires progressive exercise prescription. This Masterclass explores the principles and commonalities across sports rehab while providing a structured approach to prescribing and progressing exercise.


5 modules


2.5 hours

About the presenter

Dr. Teddy Willsey is the founder of Healthy Baller Physical Therapy, a sports physical therapy practice with two locations in the Washington D.C. area. Teddy teaches continuing education, speaks, and creates content on topics surrounding strength & conditioning and sports rehabilitation. As a writer for Physio Network since its inception, he is strongly devoted to clinical excellence and continual growth.

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The Principles of Exercise Prescription in Sports Rehab

Runtime: 44:28
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This introductory module will identify the unique factors that are specific to sports rehabilitation and the demands of the athlete. We will discuss the basic principles that govern sports rehab including progressive overload, the specificity of adaptation, and the decision-making processes that determine exercise progression, cumulative stress management, and return to sport clearance.

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Variables of Exercise Prescription

Runtime: 18:21
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This module will review exercise prescription variables and commonly used methods of exercise progression. It will discuss the role that physiology and tissue healing time plays in exercise prescription. It will describe a tiered method of taxonomy to classify exercises in the context of pathology and establish a universal sports rehab framework.

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Exercise Prescription Case: Chronic patellar tendinopathy in a basketball player

Runtime: 34:00
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This exercise prescription case module will describe current ideas behind diagnosing and treating patellar tendinopathy. It will discuss the case study of a basketball player and dive into exercise demonstration videos with examples of regressing and progressing exercises. It will discuss the differences in loading strategies that might be used in-season versus off-season, and how to best manage this case on a yearly calendar.

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Exercise Prescription Case: Grade 2 hamstring strain in European Footballer

Runtime: 42:19
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This exercise prescription case module will discuss exercise selection and programming considerations for high level field athletes with hamstring injuries. It will provide video demonstrations of locomotive movements and exercises that can be used to gradually expose athletes to increasing speed and hamstring demand, and it will establish a return to sport testing battery designed to reduce the likelihood of re-injury.

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Exercise Prescription Case: Grade 3 groin strain in hockey player, acute injury to RTS

Runtime: 25:42
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This exercise prescription case module will review an entire rehab framework and timeline, from initial diagnosis, protection, and healing, to exercise progression, to return to sport participation and the need for multidisciplinary coordination. It will provide video demonstrations of adductor exercise progressions, while carefully reviewing each phase and priority from the established sports rehab timeline.

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