Michael Reiman's Return to Sports from Lower Extremity Injury

Day 1 (7.5 hours)

  • 7:30: Check In
  • 8:00-10:00: Differentiation of return to sport vs return to play. Discussion of various return to sport models and their capability across various lower extremity pathologies.
  • 10:00-10:15: Break
  • 10:15-12:00: Differential diagnosis of non-surgical lower extremity injuries (lab)
  • 12:00-1:00: Lunch Break
  • 1:00-2:00: Rehabilitation concerns and parameters across various non-surgical injuries
  • 2:00-3:00: Rehabilitation of various non-surgical injuries and determination of RTS (lab)
  • 3:00-3:15: Break
  • 3:15-5:00: Continue rehabilitation of non-surgical injuries, determination of RTS
  • Case study
  • Review of day 1 material

Day 2 (5.5 hours)

  • 8:00-10:00: General outline of various lower extremity surgical procedures and discussion regarding specific concerns relative to procedures.
    1. Surgical procedure aspects potentially affecting return to sport.
    2. Prognostic variables for improved surgical outcome relative to return to sport.
  • 10:00-10:15: Break
  • 10:15-12:00: Contextual factors relative to both surgical and non-surgical rehabilitation of the lower extremity injury patient and return to sport (lecture and lab)
    1. Environmental factors
    2. Contextual factors (e.g. motivation, psychosocial, expectation)
  • 12:00-1:00: Lunch Break
  • 1:00-2:45: Return to Sport and Activity Considerations (specific to various surgeries) (lab)
    1. Return to sport testing
    2. Case study (examination-lab and discussion)


Dr. Reiman is an active clinical researcher, educator and mentor. In addition to his certifications as an athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist, Dr. Reiman is a manual therapy fellow through the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists, a USA Weightlifting level 1 coach, and a USA Track and Field level 1 coach.

Dr. Reiman has co-written the only textbook on functional testing, Functional Testing in Human Performance. He has written eight book chapters on orthopedic examination/intervention and training for strength, power, and endurance. His current research and presentation interests focus on performance enhancement, low back/hip pain, and evidence-based examination/intervention of the hip joint. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, National Athletic Trainers' Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association, USA Weightlifting Association, and USA Track and Field Association. He serves as a manuscript reviewer for multiple journals, including: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, Journal of Athletic Training, and Physiotherapy Theory and Practice.


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