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Evidence-Based Use of Therapeutic Modalities Print CE Course

Evidence-Based Use of Therapeutic Modalities Print CE Course


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    Course components are delivered as digital or printed products:
    • 20 evidence-based practice articles from Sports Medicine Research
    • Continuing education exam
    Learning Objectives
    After completing this course, you will be able to do the following:
    • Identify the optimal applications and clinical situations for the use of cryotherapy.
    • Describe the benefits and challenges of using alternative approaches to ultrasound therapy.
    • Implement alternative electrotherapy treatments outside the standard applications.
    • Identify patient populations that may be responsive to laser therapy and implement these modalities appropriately.
    Therapeutic modalities, ranging from ice bags to laser therapy, are common in a clinical setting. New claims and old ideas about therapeutic modalities constantly influence their clinical use. Therapeutic modalities can be an important tool in a clinician’s toolbox for managing pain, promoting recovery after exercise, reducing muscle inhibition prior to exercises, and possibly managing postconcussion symptoms.

    Evidence-Based Use of Therapeutic Modalities CE Course provides a comprehensive review of evidence for the use of common therapeutic modalities such as ultrasound, laser therapy, cryotherapy, and thermal agents. The 20 research articles in the course summarize the research, offer a clinical appraisal, and indicate the clinical relevance of the study. The articles are followed by an exam containing 100 questions. Upon passing the exam, you may print out and submit a certificate for continuing education credits.

    Evidence-Based Use of Therapeutic Modalities CE Course supports the initiative in the athletic training profession to integrate the best new research and evidence into clinical decision making, with the goal of improving patient outcomes.


    A continuing education course for certified athletic trainers seeking further education in evidence-based practice.

    Table of Contents

    Course Syllabus
    Course Instructions
    Learning Objectives
    Article 1: Intramuscular Temperature Changes During and After Cryotherapy in Healthy Individuals
    Article 2: Are Current Cryotherapy Protocols Sufficient to Reduce Microvascular Blood Flow?
    Article 3: Cold-Water Immersion for Preventing and Treating Muscle Soreness After Exercise
    Article 4: Colder May Not Be Cool for Recovery
    Article 5: Cool It Down Before You Work It Out
    Article 6: Reevaluating RICE for Ankle Sprains
    Article 7: Should Athletes Return to Sport After Applying Ice?
    Article 8: Whole-Body Cryotherapy on Proprioception and Muscle Damage
    Article 9: Nonthermal Ultrasound Could Help Keep Your Reflexes From Inhibiting Your Rehab
    Article 10: Hands Off the Hands-Free Ultrasound If You Are Looking for Deep Heating Effects
    Article 11: Quadriceps Inactivation? Shake It Off
    Article 12: Attractive Treatment Option for Patients Suffering From mTBI-Related Headaches
    Article 13: TENS to Treat Knee-Pain-Induced Quadriceps Inhibition?
    Article 14: A More Effective Way to Enhance Cross-Education
    Article 15: “Shock”ingly No Improvements in Ankle Sprain Outcomes
    Article 16: Think Before You Soak
    Article 17: More Oxygen Please
    Article 18: Can Laser Therapy Be Used to Treat Meniscal Injuries?
    Article 19: Low-Level Laser Therapy for Achilles Tendinitis
    Article 20: Iontophoresis for Drug Delivery: Does It Really Work?
    Exam and Evaluation
    Exam Answer Sheet
    Course Evaluation
    Certificate Information
    About the Authors

    About the Author

    Jeffrey B. Driban, PhD, ATC, is an assistant professor in the division of rheumatology at Tufts University School of Medicine and a member of the special and scientific staff at Tufts Medical Center. The goal of his research is to explore novel biochemical and imaging markers to gain a better understanding of osteoarthritis pathophysiology and potential disease phenotypes.

    Driban received his bachelor’s degree in athletic training from the University of Delaware. During his doctoral training at Temple University, he focused on various aspects of osteoarthritis (e.g., early pathophysiology in animal models, biochemical markers in joint fluid, systematic reviews of risk factors for osteoarthritis, survey of medication use among patients with osteoarthritis). In January 2010, he began a postdoctoral research fellowship in the division of rheumatology at Tufts Medical Center, where he continued his focus on osteoarthritis and learned new assessment strategies in magnetic resonance imaging.

    Stephen Thomas, PhD, ATC, is an assistant professor at Temple University. Thomas received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in athletic training from Temple University. He then received his PhD in biomechanics and movement science from the University of Delaware. Before working at Neumann University, Thomas completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in the department of orthopaedic surgery and biomedical engineering, where he received a Ruth L. Kirschstein Research Grant from the National Institutes of Health. He has served on several national committees and is the chair of the research committee for the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists.

    Thomas continues to be active in the area of research, participating as a manuscript reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. He is on the executive board for Athletic Training and Sports Health Care. He also was an ad hoc grant reviewer for the EATA and is the cofounder of a website dedicated to the summary of sports medicine research called Sports Medicine Research ( Thomas has numerous peer-reviewed publications and abstracts on shoulder adaptations resulting from overhead throwing and the basic science of rotator cuff injury and healing. He has also had several invited lectures throughout the United States in the area of overhead throwing.