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After becoming a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics after my residency in 2007, I have been granted my recertification as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics by the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties this year.
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a national professional organization representing more than 100,000 members throughout the United States, established the specialist certification program in 1978. Specialization is the process by which a physical therapist builds on a broad base of professional education and practice to develop a greater depth of knowledge and skills related to a particular area of practice. Clinical specialization in physical therapy responds to a specific area of patient need and requires knowledge, skill, and experience exceeding that of the physical therapist at entry to the profession and unique to the specialized area of practice.
The specialist certification program was established to provide formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in a special area of practice and to assist consumers and the health care community in identifying these physical therapists.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) is a national organization committed to excellence in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy practice, education and research. Fellows of the AAOMPT provide the highest level of musculoskeletal care through advanced manual therapy practice.
For more information regarding the AAOMPT, please click on the link.
I have been invited to speak on Motor – Cognitive Interaction in Elite Sports at the Movement: Brain, Body and Cognition International Conference at Harvard Medical School.
The purpose of the conference is to share knowledge of all those whose interests lie in the nature of human movement and its relation to cognitive function.
Other institutions involved in this event include Spaulding Rehabilitation, McLean, and Beth Israel-Deaconess, as well as the Computational Neurosciences Laboratory at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford and the Synthetic Intelligence Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute for Technology, the School of Medicine of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, La Sorbonne (University of Paris) France, the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, the School of Health Sciences of University of Haifa, the Wingate Institute for Sports and Exercise Science, the National Institute for Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences, Nazareth, Israel, the Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Havana and the University of the Medical Sciences Facultad ‘Manuel Fajardo’ Havana and the School of Public Health of the University of Havana, Cuba and Bielefeld University in Germany.E
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To read my clinical commentary in this month's issue of Physio Network on
THE EFFECT OF SPINAL POSITION ON SCIATIC NERVE EXCURSION DURING SEATED NEURAL MOBILISATION EXERCISES: AN IN VIVO STUDY USING ULTRASOUND IMAGING
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“ If the goal is to maximize excursion, it is important to take up the slack at one end (ankle) while creating slack in another end (cervical spine) as nerves move down the tension gradient ’’
I will be heading back to the Olympic Training Center to assist our resident athletes which include:
Cycling (Olympic and Paralympic)
Shooting (Olympic and Paralympic)
I am looking forward to the trip prior to the Olympic Games in PyeongChang. To learn more about Team USA as well as the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, click on the images.
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Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) is based on the principle of developmental kinesiology. This is the study of the maturation of the human locomotor system after birth and enables the biomechanics of dynamic movement to be linked with stabilization. It enables efficient and ideal movement patterns to be acquired via the central nervous system's regulation of respiration and abdominal pressure with precise muscle coordination which is essential for optimal function and sport performance.
DNS Certified Exercise Trainers are Sports Professionals who have satisfactorily completed the required DNS Exercise Training coursework, passed the practical testing, and demonstrated competency in both knowledge and skill execution in the application of the DNS Exercise assessment & training principles in order to optimize the movement system for sport performance. They have earned the title "Certified DNS Exercise Trainer" (DNSET) issued by the Prague School of Rehabilitation, Prague, Czech Republic.
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Key Clinical Skills has added a Neurodynamic Solutions Upper Quarter course to their schedule. We are excited to bring Michael Shacklock's ideas up to Canada. It will be held September 23-24, 2017 at the University of British Columbia. Hope to see you there. Click on the link for more details.
I have been granted Tier 2 Titling with the Australian Physiotherapy Association for Sports as well as Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy!
APA Titling and Specialization recognizes members with advanced expertise and experience in their relevant area of practice.
APA Titled physiotherapists are highly qualified physiotherapists with expert knowledge and skills in their area of practice. They undergo a rigorous selection process to ensure that they achieve and maintain exceptional standards of clinical experience and knowledge.
The APA Title serves as a professional mark of distinction.
As the first step to specialization, members that demonstrate an advanced level of competency and experience in their field of practice may apply to the APA national groups to be awarded the right to use an APA Physiotherapist title.
The Code of Conduct precludes physiotherapists from using these titles unless they have achieved titled membership of the APA.
I will be teaching an Advanced Track session at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 68th Annual Clinical Symposia and AT Expo in Houston, Texas in June later this year.
The session is titled Clinical Neurodynamic Diagnosis and Interpretation for the Upper and Lower Quarter. It will be taught to athletic trainers of all levels in an effort to clearly and methodically offer participants new techniques for diagnosing musculoskeletal problems with a neural component. These concepts help the trainer select and perform new diagnostic techniques without provoking symptoms and considers athletes with high to low irritability. There will be a strong emphasis in lab on manual skills, precision and accuracy in order to perform a neurodynamic test appropriately, interpret results and convey that information to the appropriate provider. Click on the link for more information. I am looking forward to the opportunity!
I have been asked to speak at the Global Foot and Ankle Congress in Chongqing, China. It will be comprised of leaders in the field of foot and ankle surgery from all over the world and will be hosted by The Global Foot and Ankle Community, supported by Asia-Pacific Society for Foot and Ankle Surgery, Chinese Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, and the Chinese Association of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
Aiming to promote an international exchange of scientific knowledge and experience in the field of foot and ankle surgery and rehabilitation, the scientific program of GFAC-2017 will include keynote lectures and session talks as well as poster presentations under 6 major themes: Forefoot Surgery, Midfoot Surgery, Hindfoot Surgery, Ankle Surgery, Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy, Deformity and Orthopaedics. I am honored to have been asked. Click on the link for more information.
A new award winning line of research by Neurodynamic Solutions, was summarized and published in InTouch Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Magazine by the Australian Physiotherapy Association. It demonstrates the importance of spinal cord biomechanics and contra-lateral sciatic nerve movement for the involved side. Click on the image for more details!
NEURO TOUR is a unique team of elite practitioners specializing in the art of providing physical therapy services to National and International theatrical productions, concert tours and film productions.
NEURO TOUR's therapists specialize in providing on-site treatments during workshops, production, rehearsals, and performances. NEURO TOUR prides itself on providing the consistency of one therapist dedicated to a production. Our goal is to reduce the number and severity of injuries, keeping performers Happy, Healthy and On Stage.
As a regularly invited speaker at the World Congress of Orthopeadics in the area of Sports Medicine, I have been granted an honorary membership to the International BIT Congress Think Tank. This membership allows me the ability to consult with and be a consultant for multiple world experts in the area of orthopaedics.
I was asked to return to the World Congress of Orthopaedics in Seoul, South Korea this year as an assistant chair of the Sports Medicine Section and speak on Best Practice in Sports Medicine. I will be discussing Neurodynamic Solutions new award winning research on the contralateral straight leg raise, its effects on spinal cord biomechanics and ipsilateal radiculopathy.
I have been given the opportunity to travel to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to work with our athletes after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. It was an honor to have been chosen and I look forward to the experience.