Updates In Return To Sport Considerations In Lower Extremity Injuries – SC

Course Date:              August 21-22, 2021 8:00am - 6:00pm

Presented By:            Mark Gutierrez, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT

Course Location:       Elite Integrated Therapy Centers
                                    1007 Grove Road, Suite A
                                    Greenville, SC 29605

Course Fee:                $600.00

Course Hours:            1.8 CEUS   (18 hours of continuing education)

Group discounts available. For any inquiries e-mail us at education@elitetherapysolutions.net



This course is designed to provide the participant with the background of how to evaluate and treat patients recovering from lower extremity injuries, including anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR), hip arthroscopic surgery, and Achilles tendon repair. Criterion-based protocols and problem solving will be taught to ensure critical milestones are achieved during the rehabilitation process. Through lecture and demonstration, the participant will be instructed on topics in anatomy, biomechanics and pathology related to the hip, knee and ankle. Lastly, case studies and group discussion will be used to facilitate plan of care development for successful return to sport following lower extremity injury.



Upon completion of this course, the student will be expected to verbally, practically, or in written presentation demonstrate the following:


  • Describe anatomy, biomechanics, and arthrokinematics of the lower extremity joints 
  • Identify post-operative red flags, including deep venous thrombosis, and infection  
  • Perform effective post-operative physical therapy evaluation at multiple milestones 
  • Develop a comprehensive treatment program to treat specific surgical procedures 
  • Apply appropriate return to sports testing criteria during case study discussions 


  • Develop a knowledge and understanding of the various mechanisms of injury affecting the lower extremity and associated rehabilitation considerations.
  • Engage in peer evaluation through interactive laboratory sessions involving, but not limited to, joint mobility testing, ligamentous stability testing, postural assessment, soft tissue mobilization, and motion testing of the region under study.
  • Appropriately utilize various manual therapy techniques for evaluation and treatment of the region under study, including but not limited to joint mobilizations, soft tissue mobilizations, accessory motion testing, ROM testing, tissue specific exercises, and appropriate home exercises.


  • Use information gained through physical examination, tissue healing time, and functional capacity to develop and implement safe, effective treatment plans for the regions under study.
  • Discuss relevant anatomy and surgical considerations in a group setting as part of a complete plan of care.



This course will include lecture, demonstration, interactive laboratory sessions, group discussion and review/critique of scientific literature.



Mark Gutierrez, PT, DPT is a dual-board certified physical therapist in orthopedics and sports, as well as fellowship trained in manual therapy. With nearly a decade of experience in the field, and collaboration with physicians in Texas and Louisiana, Mark has extensive experience in developing return to sport programming and treatments. Mark has taught and mentored at the residency and fellowship levels and currently practices at Ochsner Health in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he serves as the director of the sports and orthopedic residency programs.


Group discounts available. For any inquiries e-mail us at education@elitetherapysolutions.net