I started this blog because I’m passionate about helping professionals learn how to advance their knowledge and skills to improve the overall well being of their patients and clients. I have several foundational professional beliefs that guide how I look things:
- I believe we need a musculoskeletal disease prevention revolution.
- I believe that we can identify those at risk for preventable injury before it happens.
- I believe that we can keep people from being re-injured after their initial injury.
- I believe we can KNOW when someone is ready to go back to their activity.
- I believe that the musculoskeletal health of every person should be tested as part of an annual exam and prior to initiating exercise. Everyone should know their musculoskeletal “number” — just like they know their blood pressure.
- I believe we can, no NEED, to work together across professions to do this. It is going to take a village!
I created this site as a place to hold discussions and share information concerning return to sport & discharge testing, annual musculoskeletal examinations, injury prevention, and pre-activity physicals. I am passionate about expanding my understanding of how to provide better care for my patients and clients by engaging with other professionals. To initiate advancements within our professions we’ll explore:
- Necessary tests for all patients before discharge (regardless of activity level)
- Evidence-based pre-activity screening for all athletes, military personnel, and workers to determine risk categorization and appropriate risk mitigation strategies.
- The Annual Musculoskeletal Exam – “Know your Number”
I feel my diverse professional background as a clinician, researcher, and teacher can provide a unique perspective––I’m an Assistant Professor in the University of Evansville’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, the Director of the ProRehab and the University of Evansville’s Sports Residency Program, and a practicing therapist at ProRehab. In the course of wearing many hats, I have learned some things that led to the development of some unique perspectives concerning the prevention of injuries, discharge testing, and the annual musculoskeletal exam that I’ll share in this blog.
Over the years, my research has focused on comprehensive movement testing and injury prevention among athletes, military personnel, and school aged children––research that led to the development of the Y Balance Test and the Move2Perform software (a comprehensive system designed to determine an individual’s musculoskeletal status). As a result, my fieldwork has allowed collaboration with researchers and grants totaling over 1.5 million dollars.
For me, a great deal of joy comes from working with others. That’s why I also teach continuing education courses and consult for collegiate and professional teams, military, and school systems to identify injury risk and offer prevention options.
I keep myself actively involved in research by conducting original studies, writing peer-review articles for scientific journals and serving as a manuscript reviewer for several journals. I regularly present nationally and internationally on the subjects of return to sport testing, injury prevention, and field expedient movement testing.
Finally, my credentials: I hold a Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Evansville and a Doctor of Science degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. I am a board certified clinical specialist in orthopedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. I am also a Certified Athletic Trainer and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.