I recently was fortunate enough to attend the team concept conference put on by the sports physical therapy section these past few days. I have gone to CSM multiple times before, but this was a much better conference for my speciality area. The quality of speakers alone was worth the time. In the past, I had listened to many of these speakers at CSM and through continuing education courses. However, the information at the conference this year was much better than the past courses/CSM.
While some of the information was definitely a review due to my residency preparation and obsessive amount of continuing education I have done, there was quite a bit new on surgical rehabilitation. I especially liked the new information on rotator cuff, SLAP, and articular cartilage surgical considerations/rehabilitation for athletes. One of the things I have always said is that physical therapy school does not allow students/new professionals enough surgical understanding. Especially in the case of athletics and return to play we don't do a very good job. Hearing doctors speak to these surgical considerations and followed up by physical therapists considerations and return to play was excellent.
In addition to the surgical rehabilitation, it was great to attend some of the breakout courses. Kevin Wilk and Russ Paine did a great job on different shoulder evaluation and treatment options. Additionally, I really enjoyed the performance enhancement breakout course taught by Dan Lorenz, Sue Falsone, and Rob Panieriello. Lastly, for the current residents that came and spoke with me, it was a true pleasure. Special thanks to Devyn Moore (UMPC) and Brett Burton (St. Lukes). It was great to hear up and coming sports residents talk passionately about sports physical therapy. For those of you in sports physical therapy, I really encourage you to attend TCC next year and participate in the Team Mates networking event to meet others in the field.
James Heafner DPT, Chris Fox DPT, and Brian Schwabe DPT, CSCS are recent graduates of Saint Louis University's Program in Physical Therapy.