New Evolution In Movement & RTSport Testing Post ACLR

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Lesson Plan

There are >250,000 ACL injuries in the US every year resulting in ~$5B health care cost (AAOSM Annual Conference 2016).  With only 63% returning to sport (Webster et al Am J Sport Med 2019) and 1 in 4 youths reinjuring upon return to sport “RTSport” (Wiggins et al Am J Sports Med 2016), having some form of objective measure to make informed RTSport decisions should be a priority for sports medicine clinicians and strength and conditioning specialists.  Some of the current “gold standard” go tos for making return to sport decisions have been shown to be highly inaccurate and are not capable of capturing the movements associated with risk (Faltstrom et al Am J Sport Med 2021; Kotsifaki et al Am J Sport Med 2022).  Studies show majority of ACLR athletes return to sport with faulty movement patterns that put them at risk and that these persist 2 years post (King et al Am J Sport Med 2019; Ithurburn Am J Sport Med 2019).  If we had better testing that could be leveraged throughout rehab, this might aid clinicians impacting these movements better.

The ViMove+ AMI is a new evolution in movement assessment.  Leveraging wearable sensors that capture movement within 2% of a Vicon system, the ViMove+ AMI provides clinicians, strength coaches and physicians with lab quality data in 15 min.  This allows all the key stakeholders to make more informed clinical decisions when returning athletes to sport following ACLR.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the current research on ACL injuries
  • Review of the latest research on RTSport testing
  • Discuss current research highlighting flaws in current RTSport testing
  • Discuss the use of IMUs and 3D motion capture
  • Review how the data can drive better programming to impact movement

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Course Instructor

Trent Nessler, DPT Trent Nessler, DPT

Trent Nessler, PT, MPT, DPT is owner of The Athlete Laband co-founder | developer of the ViMove+ AMI. A sports medicine physical therapist with 25 years’ experience, he has worked with professional athletes, first responders and military personnel his entire professional career. Dr. Nessler is an author, published researcher and internationally recognized expert in injury prevention. In partnership with DrosaVi, Dr. Nessler co-founded | developed the ViMove+ AMI.  This assessment leverages wearable sensor technology to capture 3D movement to capture 3500 data points with lab quality on how a subject moves. The ViMove+ AMI has been used in the NFL, NBA, NHL, US Military and in first responders to assess movement on >90,000 tactical and sport athletes in 5 countries. The mass data sets collected has created the largest database related to human movement and is being used in several national and prestigious research projects. Data, knowledge and programming from this system is being used to prevent injuries in sport and tactical athletes across the globe.  Dr. Nessler is a published researcher on injury prevention in peer reviewed journals and author of a 350 page textbook "How To Build A Badass Firefighter". Dr. Nessler has developed several nationally recognized injury prevention products and programs including ACL Play It Safe, Run Safe and ACL Safe and Strong. He is also a nationally recognized speaker presenting over at 30+ conferences and continuing medical education courses a year on the topic of injury prevention. Dr. Nessler is also an accomplished Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, specializes in treating the combat athlete and has launched several research projects on BJJ injuries and training in law enforcement.

New Evolution In Movement & RTSport Testing Post ACLR