Portland, OR

ACL Rehabilitation in a Weekend Starring Laura Opstedal

October 5-6, 2024

Apex Performance

Intended Audience:

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


This course was developed for physical therapists and athletic trainers who currently work or want to work with ACL reconstructed patients. There is plenty of discussion on injury prevention and etiology/mechanisms of ACL injury, but very little focus on rehabilitation beyond a basic surgical protocol. Understanding concepts related to restoring muscle capacity and expression will be discussed in detail.

Additionally, return to sports testing is performed by relatively few physical therapists due to access to appropriate equipment which leads the clinician to make assumptions or use functional testing that may overestimate the athlete’s function. An emphasis on using testing throughout the rehabilitation versus only as a terminal testing battery will be discussed in detail. Without serial testing, there is no feedback on if we are actually restoring muscle function.

This course will instill confidence in the practitioner by highlighting many clinical pearls and rehabilitation concepts that can be used on Monday. Participants will learn testing batteries and collaborate with other clinicians in a lab/lecture/discussion based course, learning how to apply all concepts throughout the ACL rehabilitation lifecycle.


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

  • Perform force testing using hand held dynamometry, calculate torque and interpret results
  • Obtain a basic understanding of isokinetic testing
  • Interpret countermovement jump metrics and asymmetries with force plate testing
  • Develop programs using strength and conditioning principles for an ACL rehabilitation for each phase during the rehabilitation lifecycle
  • Use targeting approach throughout all phases of ACL rehabilitation to facilitate quad force capacity
  • Understand concepts related to rate and force expression


Day 1

08:00 - 09:15

Intro/Physics 101

09:15 - 10:15

Surgical specifics

10:15 - 10:30


10:30 - 11:30

Early rehabilitation

11:30 - 12:30

Force testing

12:30 - 13:00

Lunch (on your own)

13:00 - 13:30

Force testing (continued)

13:30 - 14:30

Force testing (Lab)

14:30 - 14:45


14:45 - 16:45


16:45 - 17:00

Review of concepts/Verbal quiz

Day 2

08:00 - 09:00

Mid stage rehabilitation

09:00 - 10:00

Mid stage rehab breakout (Lab)

10:00 - 10:15


10:15 - 11:30

Force plate application for the rehab athlete

11:30 - 12:30

Force plate breakout (Lab)

12:30 - 13:00

Lunch (on your own)

13:00 - 14:00

End stage rehab/Return to performance

14:00 - 14:15


14:15 - 15:15

Return to sport testing

15:15 - 16:00

Case studies/Putting it all together


Laura Opstedal

Laura Opstedal, PT, DPT is the owner of Build Physio & Performance in Bozeman, MT. She is an ABPTS Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist and a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and has a level 2 USA Weightlifting Coaching Certification. Laura has over 20 years of experience working with ACL injured athletes including pediatric, high school, NCAA, recreational and professional/elite athletes from many different sports including football, basketball, soccer and snow sports.

Laura has lectured at APTA Combined Sections Meeting, American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy’s Annual Meeting & Scientific Conference, and many other conferences nationally on topics related to ACL rehabilitation and return to sports assessments. Her special interests include isokinetic testing and force plate analytics as well as mentoring aspiring private practice owners and young clinicians.

Contact Hours 15/CEU 1.5

This course meets the standards for 15 hours of continuing education by most state physical therapy boards. Please contact your state board for details on their specific requirements.

The Science PT (BOC AP#: P3211) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 15 Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.

$100 discount if you enroll by August 24, 2024

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