Objectifying The Return To Sport Decision Using Technology

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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.  Currently, there is no standard on how RTSport decisions are made, despite the literature guides us on what functional testing we should be using (Melick et al Br J Sports Med 16, Toole et al J Ortho Sport Phy Ther 2017), core testing (DeBlaiser et al Am J Sport Med 2019) and psychological testing we should use (Paterno et al Sport Health 2018) to make these decisions.

By leveraging wearable sensor technology to assess movements known to put athletes at risk as well as biomechanical factors during field testing, this can provide clinicians and strength coaches with objective data to make more informed RTSport decisions and guide RTSport training.  In this presentation, Dr. Nessler will cover the latest research related to biomechanical risk factors associated with ACL injuries, what research indicates should be used in determining RTSport and how technology can be leveraged to provide clinicians with objective reliable and valid information to make more informed clinical decisions.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the current research on ACL injuries.
  • Understand the impact of kinesiophobia on movement and injury risk.
  • Review latest research on functional testing for RTSport.
  • Demonstrate how accurately and efficiently wearable sensor technology provides objective measures of movement and on the field performance.
  • Review what mass data sets and trends have taught us.
  • Discuss how this data can be used to provide more informed decisions for RTSport.

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Course Instructor

Trent Nessler, DPT Trent Nessler, DPT

Trent is the National Director of Sports Innovation for Select Medical and the founder | developer of the ViPerform AMI™ & ViPerform AMI™ RTSport. Trent holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology, a masters in physical therapy, and a doctorate with a focus in biomechanics and motor learning. The ViPerform AMI™ (Athletic Movement Index™), a computerized 3D movement analysis system that uses wearable sensor technology (dorsaVi™) to provide lab quality biomechanical data to assess movement patterns know to put athletes at risk for non-contact injuries. The ViPerform AMI™ has been used to assess >18,000 athletes by 375+ clinics, performance centers, professional teams and physicians throughout the US. Dr. Nessler is also a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt and nationally ranked BJJ competitor.

Objectifying The Return To Sport Decision Using Technology