Physiotherapy Symposium - SRATS Congress Day 1, 21 March 2018


ACL Injury prevention: Principles of Motor Learning

Almost every week, there is news in the media that a well known athlete has sustained an injury of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). But this type of injury also occurs relatively frequently in recreational and amateur athletes.

The injury is severe and disrupts the athletes live due to the loss of health and achievement of athletic potential. Apart from the direct burden of ACL injury, perhaps of even greater concern is that ACL injury is unequivocally associated with development of osteoarthritis, starting as early as 2 years after the initial ACL injury. These consequences impact an individual’s long term quality of life.

This burden has not gone unnoticed, and over the past decades screening tests and preventive efforts have been introduced. It has recently been suggested that more emphasis should be given to motor control factors such as reaction time, information processing, focus of attention, visual-motor control and complex task environmental interaction. In this 2-day course these elements are presented and practiced based on knowledge from the domain of motor learning. Especially those training concepts based on a motor learning foundation that induce an external focus of attention - attention directed towards the outcome of a motor task - have been shown to be very effective.

Lecture content:

  • Summarize current research on ACL injury prevention.

  • Concepts and contents of ACL prevention programs + new elements domain motor learning

  • Participants will work in groups to determine whether the findings from the scientific literature can be translated to their clinical setting




Invited speaker - Alli Gokeler, PhD, PT


Movement analsyses as tools for screening: injury prevention and rehabilitation planning. Tips and tricks.

 Periodic health examination to screen for risk factors for injury can be used to mitigate primary and secondary injury risk. Examining the strengths and weaknesses of an athlete’s movement technique can help to stimulate a healthy sports career and improve performance. During this interactive lecture, various screening tools that can be used for the analysis of movement technique will be discussed and practiced. Examples within ACL injury prevention will be presented.

Lecture/workshop content:

  • Necessary steps within the injury prevention model

  • Summary of current research on screening for ACL injury risk

  • Pro’s and con’s of screening tests

  • General movement analysis

  • Value and applicability within daily practice: screening tests as an evaluation tool




Invited speaker - Anne Benjaminse, PhD, PT

Rehabilitation following surgical repair – is the Cuff tough enough?

Rehabilitation following surgical repair – is the Cuff tough enough?


Invited speaker - David Hyde, MSc PT