Complex Understanding for Simple Solutions:
Knee – 2 Day Live

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Intended Audience:

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


The knee is a complex region that comprises the structural and functional core of many human movements, from ADL to sport. Rehab professionals such as physical therapists and athletic trainers are in a unique position to evaluate, treat, and oversee the recovery of patients with knee injuries. They also often find themselves in the position to assist with developing injury reduction programs for active populations. Having a deeper understanding of what is known and not known can help professionals develop the most effective programs to address these issues.

This two-day course will include lecture and lab demonstration to explore the complexity of the knee and the patient attached to it. Topics including patellofemoral pain (PFP)  and tendinopathies in the region such as patellar and quadriceps will be discussed. There will also be extensive exploration of postoperative management and return to play strategies for common procedures such as anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR), meniscal repairs, etc. These concepts will be rooted in a strong foundation of biomechanics and the role that force plays in these presentations.

This complex content will be presented in a way that is simple to understand and even simpler to implement by focusing on key concepts in a hierarchical format.


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

  • Use a funnel analogy to simplify the complexities of evidence-based practice
  • Perform a simple screen for athletes that may be at higher risk for knee injury or second injury
  • Explain how to manipulate biomechanics to alter symptom presentation in lower extremity dysfunction
  • Describe the most effective programs for reducing the risk for lower extremity injuries
  • Prioritize primary goals of postoperative rehabilitation to maximize return to sport function
  • Develop a targeted and streamlined exercise progression for maximal benefit
  • Give a basic description of dynamical systems and how that applies to rehabilitation


Day 1

08:00 - 09:00

Applying science to practice

09:00 - 10:15

Understanding human movement as a dynamical system

10:15 - 10:30


10:30 - 11:00

Envelope of function

11:00 - 12:30

Overview of knee pathologies and biomechanics

12:30 - 13:00

Lunch (on your own)

13:00 - 13:30

Overview of knee pathologies and biomechanics (continued)

13:30 - 14:30

Mechanisms of ACL injuries/Injury reduction strategies

14:30 - 14:45


14:45 - 16:45

Applied Biomechanics/ExRx (Lecture/Live Demonstration)

16:45 - 17:00

Review of concepts/Verbal quiz

Day 2

08:00 - 08:30

Review/Discussion of Day 1

08:30 - 10:00

Postoperative rehab of the knee

10:00 - 10:15


10:15 - 11:00

Return to play decision making

11:00 - 12:30

Postop/Return to play lab (Lecture/Live Demonstration)

12:30 - 13:00

Lunch (on your own)

13:00 - 14:30

Knee cases

14:30 - 14:45

Wrapping it up/Putting it all together


This course is presented by Erik Meira, PT, DPT who is currently the director of the Physical Therapy Science Communication Group based out of Portland, OR, USA, a company that specializes in sports rehabilitation and education, and is a clinical advisor to the University of Portland NCAA Division I program. He is an ABPTS Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist and an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with extensive experience in the management of sports injuries at many different levels. He is a frequent consultant for organizations within the NCAA, NBA, NFL, MLS, WNSL, and other elite sports leagues.

Dr. Meira has authored several articles and textbook chapters and lectures internationally in small private team settings all the way through being the keynote speaker at large professional conferences. Known for his ability to make complex ideas simple to understand with a humorous delivery style, he covers topics such as the hip, knee, exercise prescription, returning athletes to sport, science application, applied biomechanics, and PT practice models. Previously he was the founder and the original chair of the Hip Special Interest Group of the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy (AASPT), served as their APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) Program Chair, and was a member of the AASPT Executive Committee. He is also the co-host of PT Inquest, a podcast dedicated to understanding physical therapy science and provides continuing education through The Science PT.

Contact Hours 14/CEU 1.4

This course meets the standards for 14 hours of continuing education by most state physical therapy boards. For more information on CEU, check out our Continuing Education Credit page.

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