Webinar Georgios Kakavas PhD: Periodization in ACL Rehabilitation
More than 250,000 anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries occur each year in the United States, and approximately 65% of these injuries are treated with reconstructive surgery. A consistent approach to rehabilitation after ACL reconstruction can yield predictably good outcomes, with return to previous levels of activity and high knee function.
At present, periodization is used at all levels of sports training. Whether conceptualized and directed by coaches, or by athletes themselves, competitors structure their training in a cyclic fashion, enabling athletes to best realize their performance capacities and goals. In practical application, sport physical therapists use periodization, a common example being post-operative “protocols” that serve as rudimentary forms of periodization, albeit implemented over shorter time frames than what typically used in preparation for competition.
An ACL injury should not be considered a ‘simple’ musculoskeletal pathology with only local mechanical or motor dysfunctions. Together with the psychological trauma and reduction in physical capacity, there is a cascade of likely events across the whole spectrum, including neurological insult to the central nervous system and reduction in afferences to the sensorimotor system.
Rehabilitation should take into account all these issues, and periodization would allow better definition and planning of aim and objective to return athletes to their desired sport.
This webinar is accredited for PQK and Kwaliteitshuis Fysiotherapie.
- 20:00 - 20:03: Introduction
- 20:03 - 21:30: Webinar
- 21:30 - 22:00: Q&A
- 22:00 - 22:30: Exam