Boston, MA

Dungeons and Dynamometers: A Force Course
By Jason Tuori & Chris Juneau

May 18-19, 2024
Brigham and Women’s/Mass General Healthcare Center at Foxborough

$100 discount if you register by April 14, 2024

Intended Audience:

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Athletic Trainers, Strength and Conditioning Coaches, and related professions/students of those fields

Description:

Objective testing has taken the physical medicine domain by storm, prompting clinicians to explore more deliberate testing strategies in order to better test, track, and compare client outcomes. At the core of this initiative was a graduation from subjective “strength” testing, commonly seen as manual muscle testing, into more organized force testing areas, like dynamometry. While this agenda was a necessary and important component to evolve the profession, it unintentionally created a dilemma and challenge for clinicians in the field seeing clients. “How can I collect objective data using a dynamometer within my budget of time, resource, cost, and current understanding?” Thus, “Dungeons and Dynamometers: A Force Course” was created.

This course is designed and organized with practitioners in mind. It will systematically build a narrative around force testing; specifically the why, how, and when one should use it. Finally, it will culminate with allocated time to practice, explore, and troubleshoot integrating force testing into practice immediately. The goal is to demystify the process and make this modality usable and pragmatic through practical cases and sandbox-style lab-based learning. Improving these concepts will not only improve clients’ experiences and outcomes, but it will continue to progress the profession towards more objective interventions.

We hope you are as excited for this course as we are. You can count on plenty of laughs, exceptional memes, and witty puns, but we guarantee useful information and real-world skill learning. “Dungeons and Dynamometers: A Force Course” is exactly what you were looking for. Let’s have some fun.

This 15.0 hour course will include lecture and lab demonstration to explore the nuances of data collection, dynamometry, set-up, execution, troubleshooting, and interpretation.

The lab component will be a lab-based session intended to be sandbox-style learning and exploration with dynamometry using various cases and instructor-led objectives. This is designed to be fun, engaging, and purely practical. We know that lab practice is the good stuff, so we are making it the focal point!

This content is presented in a progression that allows the learner to understand theory, improve technical expertise, and achieve the repetitions needed to improve their clinical decision-making and outcomes.

Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the principles behind data collection using force testing
  • Identify the key components of a valid and reliable test using handheld and in-line dynamometry
  • Select the appropriate testing parameters for force testing around the hip, knee, ankle, and shoulder
  • Develop a systematic approach to using dynamometry that reduces the risk of common user-related errors
  • Analyze data collected from force testing with respect to the individual and normative data relevant to that test
  • Apply the information collected from testing to the plan of care with consideration to therapeutic interventions

Schedule

Day 1

08:00 - 09:00

Dynamometer Overview

09:00 - 10:15

Foundations of Setup

10:15 - 10:30

Break

10:30 - 12:00

Knee Extension & Flexion Demonstration

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch (on your own)

13:00 - 13:30

Understanding Torque

13:30 - 14:30

Hip Torque Demonstration

14:30 - 14:45

Break

14:45 - 15:45

Skills Review - Random Joint Assessment #1

15:45 - 16:45

Spotting Errors Lecture/Demonstration

16:45 - 17:00

Review of concepts/Verbal quiz

Day 2

08:00 - 08:15

Review/Discussion of Day 1

08:15 - 08:45

Testing Positions

08:45 - 10:00

Skills Review - Random Joint Assessment #2

10:00 - 10:15

Break

10:15 - 12:00

Testing to Training Lecture/Demonstration

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch (on your own)

13:00 - 13:45

Normative Data

13:45 - 14:30

Using Data to Tell a Story

14:30 - 14:45

Break

14:45 - 15:45

Skills Review - Random Joint Assessment #3

15:45 - 16:45

Final Skills Review - Random Joint Assessment #4

16:45 - 17:00

Wrapping it up/Putting it all together

Presenters:

This course is presented by Chris Juneau, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS and Jason Tuori, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, both of which have extensive knowledge and experience with force testing and passion for physical therapy development and education.

Chris Juneau is Sports Residency and Performance Trained Doctor of Physical Therapy with a Specialization in Athletic Performance, a Masters of Philosophy in Biomechanics (Specifically Rate of Force Development), and a Certification in Strength & Conditioning. Chris is currently serving in a variety of roles with the US Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. These roles include providing medical point of care, delivering client care at both individual and group levels, developing educational programs, designing and implementing programs, as well as managing risk stratification and profiling domains. He currently also serves in leadership with the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy and also in various mentorship and educational roles, including the editorial board for the journal Sports Health.

Jason Tuori is a sports physical therapist and performance coach based out of Rochester, NY. He is a Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist and completed residency training at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Jason received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from SUNY Upstate Medical University and has practiced in various outpatient orthopedics/sports settings. He currently works as a performance therapist for MANA Performance Therapy in Fairport, NY and runs a remote performance consultation business. Jason is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and formerly worked as the sports performance coach for Rochester New York FC in the MLS Next Pro league, where his responsibilities included both strength and conditioning and sports science roles. Additionally, he served as the strength and conditioning coach for the University of Rochester and Nazareth University men’s and women’s cross country teams during his time at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Clinically, Jason’s interests are in the management of hip, ankle, and running-related injuries.

Contact Hours 15.0/CEU 1.5

This course meets the standards for 15.0 hours of continuing education by most state physical therapy boards. For more information on CEU, check out our Continuing Education Credit page.

$100 discount if you register by April 14, 2024

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