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Performance Enhancement Principles for Lower Extremity Rehabilitation and Return to Play Athlete

Featuring Robert Panariello MS, PT, ATC, CSCS
Saturday, February 9th, 2019
Garden City, NY

About the Course..

Athletes at all levels of competition utilize performance enhancement training to optimize their physical abilities on the field of competition. Even the strongest, most powerful, and fastest athletes in the world utilize specific training principles and exercises to achieve their ideal athletic performance. Often time an athlete may sustain an injury resulting in the need for physical rehabilitation as part of a process required for the athlete’s optimal return to play. Subsequently a significant component of physical rehabilitation is exercise prescription, thus couldn’t these same performance enhancement training principles and exercises be utilized in the clinical setting?  This seminar will provide the attendee with a clinical spectrum from the healing continuum to the development of the physical qualities, modified where necessary, for the lower extremity rehabilitation athlete’s optimal return to play. A review of exercise program design will also be presented to allow the attendee to prescribe a progressive and appropriate rehabilitation and/or training program for the athlete.


Who attended? Physical Therapist, Physical Therapists Assistants, Athletic Trainers, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

About the Instructor
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Robert Panariello MS, PT, ATC, CSCS


Robert Panariello MS, PT, ATC, CSCS is a Founding Partner and Co-Chief Executive Officer at Professional Physical Therapy presently with 180 facilities in 5 states as well as the 20,000 square foot state of the art Professional Athletic Performance Center located in Garden City, New York.  Rob has 38 years of experience in the related fields of Sports Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, and the Performance Enhancement Training of Athletes. His experience includes the study of the science and art of coaching with National team weightlifters and various National sport team athletes in Bulgaria, the former Soviet Union, and the former East Germany. He previously held the positions as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at St. John’s University of New York, the World League of American Football NY/NJ Knights, and the WUSA NY POWER Women’s Professional Soccer League.


Rob has more than 60 peer reviewed Orthopedic and Sports Medicine research, Sports Physical Therapy research, and Strength and Conditioning journal, book chapter, and book publications. This includes co-editor of a special rehabilitation and return-to-play issue of the journal Operative Techniques in Sports Medicine and his co-authored books The System, Soviet Periodization Adapted for the American Strength Coach, and Basketball Anatomy.


Rob received the 2016 National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Specialist of the Year Award, the 2015 American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy (AASPT) Lynn Wallace Clinical Educator Award, was elected as one of the inaugural inductees to the 2003 USA Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame, and received the prestigious National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Presidents Award in 1998. He continues to rehabilitate and train athletes as well as lecture both nationally and internationally on the related topics of Sports Rehabilitation and the Performance Enhancement Training of Athletes.

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What attendees had to say...


The speaker explained everything so well and it was easy to follow and understand.
Useful informational that is relevant and applicable to my current position.



I liked the material presented, especially learning more about olympic lifts.


The speaker was incredibly intelligent and well spoken regarding very interesting material and clinical pearls.
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