Last night I had the privilege of attending a unique presentation from the famous sports physical therapist George Davies! Being on a clinical rotation near Armstrong Atlantic State and my CI knowing Davies personally, I was able to attend his lecture, as well as meet him. My experience was one I will remember for a long time as I learned so much about the knee in the lecture. More importantly though, I saw the passion from Dr. Davies. It was inspiring to hear him talk so passionately about research, special tests, and his experiences with athletes.
Following the lecture portion, which went over the best knee special tests, the attendees had the opportunity to go to the lab portion to practice. Dr. Davies went through his knee exam and instructed us through it as we practiced. Not only did he review the evidence behind the tests but he explained the anatomy and physiology behind the tests as we practiced. His ways of examining the knee were much different overall then the way I learned in school, which was interesting to consider. However, with over 40 years of experience, its hard to argue too much against the way he does knee exams!
Overall, my experience was incredible. Its one of those educational experiences that reminds you about your passion for physical therapy. Dr. Davies provides continuing education courses and I would highly recommend attending one of his courses if you have the opportunity. Especially if your into sports physical therapy, make sure to read some of his research!
James Heafner DPT, Chris Fox DPT, and Brian Schwabe DPT, CSCS are recent graduates of Saint Louis University's Program in Physical Therapy.