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PT Elevated: If you don’t hit max effort, you don’t have a reliable test | Erik Meira on ACL Injuries

August 18, 2021 • Clinical Management • Paul Mintken, Kory Zimney

Erik Meira, PT, DPT, has been practicing physical therapy for over 20 years. He mainly treats elite athletes at this point in his career alongside running his own company The Science PT, where he hosts a podcast, writes blogs and teaches continuing education courses. Meira joins our hosts Kory Zimney and Paul Mintken to talk about all things ACL injuries.

Here are some of the highlights:

Foundational Research for ACL

Measure your athlete’s quad index by thinking of your testing protocol as a combination of hurdles that the athlete needs to cross. One test can’t answer everything.

Taking a step back to consider if there are any other ways to explain the effects you are seeing in your patients is an important part of growing in your clinical reasoning.

Erik Meira’s Clinical Pearl: I just want to do function, but it’s important to get back to the simple, basic things and do them very well. Get yourself a hand-held dynamometer that has an inline setup with a push-pull setup. Then, use it for quantifiable, reliable measures.

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Paul Mintken

Paul has taught musculoskeletal content for the past 15 years. His active research agenda focuses on conservative care for musculoskeletal disorders as well as spinal and extremity manipulation and dry needling. Current Roles: Evidence In Motion, Faculty Wardenburg Health Center at the University of Colorado Boulder, Lead Clinician Regis University Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy,...

Kory Zimney

Kory received a Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota in 1994. He completed his transitional DPT from Des Moines University in 2010 and a Ph.D. in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2020. His dissertation focused on the construct of trust as part of the therapeutic alliance and its relation...

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