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APTANJ Webinar: Diagnosis, Management and Prevention of Youth Athletic Injuries: Lower Extremity
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When: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Webinar
United States
Presenter: Donna Merkel, PT, MS, SCS, CSCS

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Diagnosis, Management and Prevention of Youth Athletic Injuries: Lower Extremity (2 CEs)

This course will provide knowledge and skills in the recognition, management, and prevention of commonly encountered sports injuries for the pediatric and adolescent athlete. The focus will be on lower extremity injuries that occur to young athletes with an immature musculoskeletal system. 

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to perform the following for common diagnoses encountered by pediatric and adolescent athletes:

  • Describe the unique structural components of the skeletally immature individual
  • Define basic diagnoses common to the skeletally immature athlete
  • Formulate differential diagnoses and understand the appropriate physical examination
  • Participate in decisions regarding diagnostic testing 
  • Develop and perform effective rehabilitation care plans
  • Describe criteria and testing for return to sport
  • Demonstrate understanding of injury prevention strategies



Donna Merkel, PT, MS, SCS, CSCS

Donna Merkel has 25 years of experience in physical therapy, with most of her career devoted to sports medicine. She specializes in the management of concussions, performance enhancement and rehabilitation of both the young and the female athlete, from novice to elite, in traditional and artistic sports. She is a board-certified sports clinical specialist and a certified strength and conditioning specialist since 2002. In addition to working as full-time clinician, Donna is an adjunct lecturer for both Arcadia and Widener University’s physical therapy programs. Donna has been teaching emergency medical response since 2009. Her professional achievements include both journal and text book publications in pediatric and adolescent sports medicine, sideline management of acute injuries, and prevention of eating disorders in the ice skater. She has lectured nationally on injury prevention and rehabilitation of the young athlete, the artistic athlete and runners. Donna serves as a board member for the Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine society which focuses on the prevention and management of youth athletic injuries.


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