Sports Science & Fitness Congress 2017

Athletic knee injuries: prevention and rehabilitation

This course will focus on athletic knee injuries with special emphasis on anterior cruciate ligament injuries.

Presented by following speaker

Evangelos Pappas
Evangelos Pappas

We will discuss the factors that predispose athletes to injury, the effectiveness of injury prevention programs and strategies to identify and treat specific biomechanical deficits.

We will also review the surgical principles of ACL reconstruction and discuss tailored postoperative rehabilitation programs.

The course contains several educational formats: traditional lectures, interactive discussions and laboratory where the participants will practice hands-on performance of injury prevention programs, physical examination tests and tailored exercises.

E. Pappas presenting

Learning objectives
By the end of the course the participants will be able to:

1. Understand the epidemiology of ACL injuries

2. Describe and assess for the four main biomechanical theories associated with ACL injuries

3. Describe the most prevalent biomechanical deficit groups

4. Implement generic and tailored injury prevention programs

5. Accurately diagnose knee ligamentous injuries

6. Perform a thorough knee examination

7. Understand the principles of ACL reconstruction

8. Implement evidence-based postoperative rehabilitation protocols

9. Implement evidence-based return to sports criteria

10. Identify concomitant knee injuries and modify the rehabilitation programs accordingly


Wednesday, 20th September 2017

08:30 - 09:00Introduction to the course (theory)
09:00 - 09:45Why are ACL injuries important? (theory)
09:45 - 10:00Knee anatomy revision (theory)
10:00 - 11:00Predisposing risk factors to ACL injury (theory)
11:00 - 11:30Injury prevention programs (theory)
11:30 - 12:00Injury prevention programs (practical)
12:00 - 13:00Lunch break
13:00 - 13:30Identifying and treating biomechanical deficits (theory)
13:30 - 14:00Identifying and treating biomechanical deficits (practical)
14:00 - 14:30Diagnosing ACL injuries (theory)
14:30 - 15:30Physical examination of the knee (theory and practical)
15:30 - 16:00Is there a place for conservative treatment? (theory and practical)

Thursday, 21st September 2017

09:00 - 10:00Surgical reconstruction of ACL tears (theory)
10:00 - 11:00Postoperative rehabilitation protocols (theory and practical)
11:00 - 12:00Case study 1 (practical)
12:00 - 12:30Return to sports criteria (theory and practical)
12:30 - 13:30Lunch break
13:30 - 15:00Concomitant knee injuries and associated adjustments to rehabilitation (theory and practical)
15:00 - 16:00Case study 2 (theory and practical)
16:00 - 16:15Adjourn

The registration deadline is September 8th. Afterwards only on request via