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Effective Functional Progressions in Sport Rehabilitation eBook

Effective Functional Progressions in Sport Rehabilitation eBook


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    One of the most challenging tasks for a sports medicine clinician is rehabilitating an injured athlete for a successful return to competition. Effective Functional Progressions in Sport Rehabilitation provides clinicians with the strategies and tools they need to prepare their clients for the physical demands required by their sport.

    This complete reference helps clinicians understand the important concepts of functional progressions and equips them to develop rehabilitation programs specific to the needs of their clients. The authors break down the text into three regional areas—upper extremities, lower extremities, and trunk—before delving into the specific anatomical and biomechanical differences within each area. They also present the neuromuscular basis for the specific approaches to each region and provide exercises in functional progressions that simulate the activity the athlete needs to perform to be effective in his or her sport again.

    Clinicians will find evidence-based, functional tests and learn how to interpret and use the test results to develop specific rehabilitation programs. In that respect, this book will be particularly useful for designing individualized programs because clinicians can choose the specific exercises that will benefit their clients. Effective Functional Progressions in Sport Rehabilitation also provides

    • sport-specific progressions for numerous sports, including golf, football, baseball, soccer, and running;
    • kinetic chain exercises and information on the kinetic chain concept, outlining the transfer of energy between segments during functional activities and sport-specific movement patterns;
    • photos that illustrate how progressions should be completed and medical art that shows the bones, muscles, and ligaments that are most often affected by injuries; and
    • a recipe-like structure for functional and clinical progressions that makes it easy to see how a progression should be completed and provides continuity and ease of use across the book.

    Effective Functional Progressions in Sport Rehabilitation also features an online component that allows users access to every image from the text as well as sample templates in both Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Clinicians can select and paste the images they need into the Word document, type in specific instructions, and print it for their clients to take home as a reference. Instructors can do the same with the presentation package template, using the images and customizing text to accompany each image. The images and sample templates are available at www.HumanKinetics.com/EffectiveFunctionalProgressionsinSportRehabilitation.

    With its functional progressions for all areas of the body, sport-specific progressions, photos and art that clearly depict progressions and injured areas, and its adaptability to be customized by clinicians in designing their own programs, Effective Functional Progressions in Sport Rehabilitation is the ideal tool for clinicians to use in returning athletes safely back to action.


    Reference for physical therapists, athletic trainers, and other sports medicine and rehabilitation specialists, including orthopedic doctors; also a text for courses in sport rehabilitation curriculums.

    Table of Contents

    Part I. Components of Functional Progressions

    Chapter 1. Introduction to Functional Progression
    Benefits of a Functional Progression
    Clinical Guidelines for Functional Progression
    Guidelines for the Initiation of a Functional Progression

    Chapter 2. Developing Successful Functional Progression Programs
    Key Components of Functional Progression Programs
    The Kinetic Link Principle

    Part II. Regional Functional Progressions

    Chapter 3. Upper Extremity
    Anatomy of the Upper Extremity
    Muscular Stabilization of the Upper Extremity
    Biomechanics of the Upper Extremity
    Functional Testing of the Upper Extremity
    Functional Exercise Progressions

    Chapter 4. Lower Extremity
    Anatomy of the Lower Extremity
    Muscular Stabilization of the Lower Extremity
    Biomechanics of the Lower Extremity
    Functional Testing of the Lower Extremity
    Clinical Exercise Progressions
    Functional Exercise Progressions

    Chapter 5. The Trunk
    Anatomy of the Trunk
    Muscular Stabilization of the Trunk
    Biomechanics of the Trunk
    Functional Testing of the Trunk
    Functional Exercise Tests and Progressions

    About the Author

    Todd S. Ellenbecker, DPT, is clinic director for Physiotherapy Associates Scottsdale Sports Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the national director for Clinical Research Physiotherapy Associates. He has been a physical therapist for more than 35 years, specializing in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist.

    Ellenbecker is the primary author of more than 20 peer-reviewed research publications in orthopedic and sport physical therapy, and he is the primary author of more than 10 books in these fields. He serves as director of Sports Medicine ATP Tour (Association of Tennis Professionals) and chairman of the United States Tennis Association Sport Science Committee. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the Society for Tennis Medicine and Science.

    In 2007 Ellenbecker received the Ron Peyton Award for sport physical therapy, and in 2008 he earned the International Tennis Hall of Fame Education Merit Award.

    Mark S. De Carlo, MS, MHA, is vice president of clinical services for the Orthopaedic Specialists in Indianapolis. He has more than 23 years of clinical experience with high school, college, and professional athletes and has more than 20 published articles and book chapters to his credit as a clinical researcher. A certified athletic trainer, De Carlo is president of the Sports Physical Therapy Section for the APTA.

    Carl DeRosa, PhD, is a professor of physical therapy at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. DeRosa has spent the past 30 years in research on the spine and has authored other texts on the spine. He is a member of the Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.


    “Overall, this is a very useful textbook for all clinicians working directly with athletes at any level. It provides concise, accurate, and clinically useful information for understanding sports injuries, rehabilitation, and return to play progressions.”

    —Doody’s Book Review