Optimizing Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation by Targeting Neuroplasticity

October 7, 2022

A commonly overlooked aspect of musculoskeletal injury is the nervous system's contributions to primary injury and how the nervous system responds after injury. This is due in part to limitations in technology to directly measure the nervous system in relation to orthopedic injury and motor control. Over the past several years our lab and others have had breakthroughs to quantify the nervous system contributions to orthopedic injuries, such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and implications on sensorimotor function.

Rehabilitation techniques will be discussed that include: motor learning methods, low-cost smartphone virtual reality, sensory reweighting, augmented reality biofeedback, and enriched environment techniques that leverage the neuroplastic capacity of the nervous system to facilitate motor control improvement, reduce injury risk and improve patient outcomes.

Target Audience

Children’s Hospital Colorado ACL Team, including Sports PTs, Ortho PTs, ATs and physician

Additional Information

Course Contact: 
For any questions or concerns, please contact Shane Noffsinger @ shane.noffsinger@childrenscolorado.org
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 7.00 APTA
  • 7.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/07/2022 - 9:00am MDT
Event ends: 
10/07/2022 - 5:30pm MDT

Morning Session
     *This session will be streamed virtually to any interested attendees

9:00 am      Course Introduction – Overall Plan for Day 
9:15 am      Neuroscience Fundamentals – Sensorimotor Control from the Neuron to Behavior 
9:45 am      Neuroscience Fundamentals – Tools to Measures Sensorimotor Joint Stability   
10:15 am    Neuroplasticity associated with orthopedic  trauma
10:45 am    Neuro-rehabilitation from Day 1 to Return to Play
11:15 am    Break
11:30 am    Motor Learning and Rehabilitation
12:00 pm    Return to Play Testing for Sport Injury Resistance
12:30 pm    Neuro Targets for ACL Primary and Secondary Prevention
1:00 pm    Q+A

1:15 pm      Lunch break (on own)

Afternoon Session
     *Only invited participants will be able to attend the afternoon session

2:00 pm     Neuroplastic Training Early to Late-Stage Rehab
3:00 pm     Neurocognition Integrated into Return to Sport Testing
4:00 pm     Long discussion; Clinical specifics – Augmenting standard of care and updating guidelines\manuals\procedures
5:15pm      Evaluation & Adjourn

Children's Hospital Colorado - North Campus
Broomfield, CO
United States

Dustin Grooms, PhD, ATC
Ohio University, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy

Available Credit

  • 7.00 APTA
  • 7.00 Attendance


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