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

Featuring Robert Panariello MS, PT, ATC, CSCS

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


Upon successful completion of this course, the practitioner will learn how to:


  • Demonstrate and differentiate a timeline relationship for the healing continuum as related to the physical qualities necessary for athletic development for return to play

  • Differentiate and describe the physical qualities necessary for optimal athletic performance and return to play

  • Differentiate and describe specific exercises for each physical quality category necessary for athletic development

  • Demonstrate the incorporation of the physical qualities in a rehabilitation and/or performance enhancement training program design


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New York Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants: Professional Seminars is recognized as an approved provider of Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant continuing education by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Physical Therapy. Full attendance at this Seminar qualifies for 9.3 contact hours in NY 7.75 Contact hours in NJ. (Pending NJ Approval)


Athletic Trainers: Professional Seminars is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for the BOC-certified Athletic Trainers. This program has been approved for a maximum of 7.75 units of Category A continuing education.

Strength & Conditioning Specialist/Personal Trainers: Professional Seminars is recognized by the National Strength & Conditioning Association to offer continuing education for the NSCA’s CSCS’s and CPT’s. This program has been approved for a maximum of 0.8 units of Category A continuing education.



7:30 – 8:00         Registration (Breakfast Provided)
8:00 - 8:15          Welcome & Introduction 
8:15 – 8:45         Rehabilitation and Performance Training Philosophy
8:45 – 9:45         The Healing Continuum, Joint Biomechanics and the Relationship to the Physical Qualities of Athletic Development 
9:45 – 10:00      BREAK
10:00 – 10:30     The Hierarchy of Athletic Development: Athlete Evaluation, Mobility and Movement
10:30 – 11:00     The Hierarchy of Athletic Development: Muscle Re-Education and Work Capacity
11:00 - 12:00      The Hierarchy of Athletic Development: The Physical Quality of Strength
12:00 – 12:15     Q&A 
12:15 – 1:15        LUNCH (Included)
1:15 – 2:00          The Hierarchy of Athletic Development: The Physical Quality of Explosive Strength (Power)
2:00 – 3:00           The Hierarchy of Athletic Development: The Physical Quality of Elastic/Reactive Strength (Plyometrics)
3:00 – 3:15          BREAK
3:15 – 4:15          Hamstring Injuries: Rehabilitation and Running Enhancement Training Progressions
4:15 – 5:15          Principles of Program Design for the Rehabilitation and Performance Enhancement Training of Athletes 
5:15 – 5:30        Q&A, Adjourn 




Any opinions, findings, recommendations, or conclusions expressed by the speaker(s) do not necessarily reflect the views of Professional Seminars. Professional Seminars reserves the right to substitute a qualified instructor due to unforeseen circumstances. Registrants will not receive a certificate until payment has been received and the course has been successfully completed. If payment is not received ten (10) days prior to the seminar, the course certificate may not be present at the seminar. If a payment is refunded for insufficient funds, a processing fee wil be charged as allowed by law.


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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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Cancellations received at least five (5) business days before the event are refundable, less a $50.00 administrative charge per registrant. There will be no refund for cancellations received later. Please note: If you register and do not attend, you are still responsible for full payment. The expense of continuing education, when taken to maintain and improve professional skills, may be tax deductible. Please contact your accountant for complete details.


Email: Phone: (631) 359-2450  Fax: (631) 359-2450


$349 Standard Single Registration

$299 Early Bird Registration 

$159 Student Single Registration

$99   Student Early Bird Registration 


Registration Includes: Course materials, Continental Breakfast and Lunch.

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