Comprehensive Approach to Sports Physical Therapy Rehab

Mike Reiman · December 14, 2021

**2022 RLC Academy 2.0**

Option 1: January 10th through May 1st 

APTA MI 2022 RLCA 2.0

**APTA MI has approved this course for 10.0 CEU’s**

  • Pre-requisite: passion and an appreciation of a deeper learning and appreciation of orthopedic and sports medicine content.
  • This option is for both clinicians and students wanting to understand this material to a greater depth and discuss their learning with others.
  • This option is low-key, learn at your own pace, involves informal discussion boards with 2-3 live zoom meetings (optional).
  • Specific case application of covered material will be included throughout this option including discussion board and live zoom discussions. Discussion boards and zoom meetings (as well as lecture material) will use specific athletic injuries and mechanisms as case examples for structured discussion.
  • This option will also have additionally recorded lectures available (but not required) for the enrollee to view, including guest speaker lectures.
  • We are seeking 10 hours of APTA continuing education credit for this option. Therefore, there will be 2-3 hours of asynchronous (taped) content delivered per month.
  • Cost: $250 or clinicians, $150 for students with proof of enrollment
  • Content:
    • Physical stress theory, envelope of function, biomechanical concepts of injury and rehabilitation with case applications, motivational interviewing with directed case applications, patient communication, biopsychosocial aspects of injury, examination foundations, patient interview with directed case applications, diagnostic accuracy with case applications, screening and prognosis, muscle performance, movement screening, event coverage examination, emergency action planning and decision making, the abdominal examination, rehabilitation concepts, exercise programming, exercise progression and regression principles, athlete monitoring and more. Case applications will be directed at content and specific patient scenarios with discussion board prompts and responses.
    • The enrollee has access to, and is encouraged to, view additional content on such topics as tissue injury, healing, detailed muscle performance assessments and more. Viewing this material is not required (but encouraged) to successfully complete this option.

Option 2: 2 separate offerings (they are the same and you only need to enroll in one session): 

  • March 1st to July 3rd (suggested for those very comfortable with the material in option 1)
  • August 1st to December 4th (suggested for those completing option 1 or those comfortable with the material in option 1 and wanting to start later in the year). This option may also be for those missing the March enrollment if it is full.
  • Pre-requisite: passion; option 1 or good understanding of material in this option. Understanding the material in option 1 is key for this course. This course will be a detailed, deep dive investigation into 3 pathologies from time of injury to returning to the sporting environment. We will take 4-6 weeks each to cover 3 separate sports-related pathologies (hamstring strain, intra vs extra-articular hip pathology and ACL tear), including (most topics have several ‘live’ videos): injury mechanisms (with actual athlete injuries), on the field examination and treatment, epidemiology, anatomy and biomechanics of the injury, injury classification, differential diagnosis, clinical assessment, biopsychosocial aspects of injury, phases of treatment with specific exercises (detailed implementation, progressions, regressions), non-surgical vs surgical considerations, surgical procedures (videos of procedures), post-surgical rehabilitation, return to sport testing (several videos with discussions) and shared decision making, and much more. With each pathology we will cover the available literature, use specific case athlete examples, compare various athlete injuries and discuss the entire process. This option will also include virtual ‘field trips’ and guest speakers.
  • This option will be a more comprehensive understanding of the injury to return to sport process, directed at specific pathologies.
  • This option is specifically directed at the learner (clinician and potentially student) willing to embark on a more intense pace directed curriculum, discussion board and bi-monthly zoom meetings.
  • This option will also have additionally recorded lectures available (but not required) for the enrollee to view, including guest speaker lectures.
  • This option will also include virtual field trips.
  • Option 2 will have between 14 and 16 continuing education credit hours. We will seek APTA continuing education credit for this option once the exact number of hours is known.
  • Due to the comprehensiveness of this course we will have a class size limit for this option.
  • Cost: $350 for clinicians, $250 for students with proof of student enrollment in any relevant healthcare program (e.g. PT, ATC, chiropractic, OT, S and C)

If enrolling in both sessions prior to the start of session 1: $490 for clinicians, $340 for students.

  • Students:
  • Instructional strategies:
    • Multi-modal methods with emphasis on in-person synchronous implementation of pre-meeting material (asynchronous lectures/reading, etc), case presentation & application, blended approaches, community education on Zoom meetings, & discussion boards. The discussion board will also present various exercises, exams and treatment strategies with questions and reasoning for their use. Guest appearances from individuals working at various levels of athletic rehabilitation and training.

Check Out Rehab Learning Academy 2.0 Option 2:

March 1st through July 3rd


August 1st through December 4

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January 10th to May 1st

Purchase Option 1 – Installment Plan

January 10th to May 1st

Option 1 & 2 – Installment Plan

January 10th to May 1st and August 1st to December 4th

Frequently Asked Questions For Academy Members

This academy membership is an online learning platform that uses both synchronous (live, in-person) and asynchronous (not live, watch on your own time), as well as independent and team-based learning strategies. The mission of Rehab Learning Center is one of constant learning and improvement. We believe in a couple of famous quotes:

“Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” Abigail Adams

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin

We have designed this program to be a friendly yet challenging learning platform that you will travel along with like-minded individuals, all intending to be the best they can be.

There are many objectives of the academy membership. Ultimately, we want to surround ourselves with like-minded individuals that will push each other in a collegial and non-threatening way to improve for the betterment of those we care for.

The final objective is for you to be able to synthesize and make critical decisions on an injured athlete, from the moment they are injured until they return to their sport. In order to accomplish this goal, we present complex cases that build throughout the academy with the final objective to return that athlete back to their sport via decisions you make in the presented cases.

RLC Academy is intended for highly motivated, passionate and driven clinicians and students wanting to continue to challenge themselves and grow. This is not an alternative or substitute for college or university programs/residencies, EMR courses, etc; rather a supplement. While the last modules focus strongly on orthopedics and sports medicine, the first modules are applicable to other domains as well.

We believe this program has applicability to multiple rehabilitation professions (e.g. athletic training, physiotherapy, medicine, chiropractic, occupational therapy, strength and conditioning, fitness profession)

Option 1: January 10, 2022

Option 2: March 1, 2022 OR August 1, 2022

All sessions run for 4 months. Option 1 can be completed at your own pace, while option 2 is directly paced for completion in 4 months.

The first sessions consist of concepts including tissue injury & healing, basic biomechanical concepts, bioenergetics, clinical reasoning, and mentoring. The following sessions build on details of the examination of an injured athlete (both at the event and in the clinic), muscle performance assessments, return to sport assessments, and strength and conditioning and rehabilitation integration. The final sessions focus on completing previously introduced interactive cases, participant presentations, guest speakers who are working in sports medicine and advice on interviews for residencies and employment.

Please refer to the details listed under options 1 and 2 respectively.

There will be lectures to view and/or articles to read that could require anywhere from 2-3 hours/month for option 1 to complete 10 hours of continuing education.

Option 2 will require approximately 4 hours/month to complete up to 16 hours of continuing education credit.

We appreciate that life is busy, and things come up. We do not require participation. We, of course, strongly encourage taking full advantage of all the material that is offered to get the most out of the program. If you want to receive continuing education credit you will need to complete the entire program, including quizzes.

Option 1 has been submitted to the Michigan chapter of the APTA for 10 hours of continuing education credit. We have found Michigan to have good reciprocity with other states. We have had our continuing education courses approved by various states in the USA. The content in the course modules should be enough information for you to submit for APTA approval if you need to.

See details under Option 1 and 2 courses.

Yes. Email a copy of your current student ID to Rehab Learning Center.

We appreciate and understand this request. We expect word of mouth advertising to be powerful from those enrolled in the program. We truly believe this program is unique and packed with great content.

It is possible to enroll after the January 10, 2022 start for option 1 as long as you realize the didactic and interactive content is paced for this start.

Option 2 will close enrollment once the course starts and late enrollment will not be accepted. If you miss the March enrollment (or it is full) you can enroll in the August enrollment. The next offering for Option 2 will be March 2023. Therefore, we suggest enrolling early as we have already received a lot of interest for this option.

Great question. There is no specific ‘type’ of individual. We are looking for passionate, driven, hard-working individuals who are willing to challenge themselves and grow in their knowledge. We believe it will be important for all individuals participating in RLC Academy to be compassionate, willing to challenge their assumptions and be willing to work and contribute to team learning. We wish for everyone to grow as a result of our collaborative learning environment.

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