On Monday, March 27, Dr. Padua will be presenting his talk “Evidence Based Recommendations for ACL Injury Presentation - An Overview of the Upcoming NATA Position Statement” at the Child Development Research Center at 6:30 pm. This presentation is meant for a broader audience, including athletic trainers, athletics administrators, parents, and other health care professionals. This presentation will focus on providing some background on ACL injury and then focus on the recommendations that will be coming forth in the upcoming NATA position statement that he has helped to chair. The presentation will stress the need to implement simple solutions to prevent ACL injury, which requires support at all levels of athletics.
On Tuesday, March 28 from 7:30-9:00am, he will be presenting “A Systematic Approach for Return to Sport Testing and Decision Making Following ACL Injuries.” This presentation, which is only open to UA AT program students, staff, and faculty, will highlight the high rate of secondary ACL / knee injury that occurs when athletes return to sport following ACL injury / reconstruction. We will then explore some of the factors that have been shown to contribute to the elevated secondary injury rates. Following we will explore a systematic and multi-component approach for return to sport testing that involves an integrated testing protocol (stability, strength, power, biomechanics, function, and perception) combined with training load monitoring and management strategies. While the talk is structured around ACL injury the same concepts apply to any type of injury in my opinion and help us to think through how we might better consider return to sport testing and management for time-loss injuries.