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September 2009 --  Vol 1, Issue 5
CEO's Corner
As summer draws to an end, here comes the injured golfer!  
As physical therapists we are uniquely qualified to not only treat these injuries, but better yet: we can help prevent them (and even improve performance)!
There are many GOLF courses from which to choose.  But, can those other courses stand up to Dr. Donatelii's qualifications? Not only is this course based upon research, Dr. Donatelli has also shared his expertise: 
-- On tour with the PGA and LPGA
-- At TaylorMade Golf
-- In the clinic with  professional and recreational golfers,
-- In the classroom as a faculty member
-- As the National Director of Sports-Specific Rehabilitation and Performance Enhancement Programs. 
He has also authored 6 books and numerous research publications. 
His unique combination of clinical experience, education and research make him ideal to be YOUR 'Golf Instructor'.
Enjoy your Continuing Education experience!

Marilyn M. Pink, PT, Ph.D.
Fresh off the Press!
EDUCATA was just featured in an excellent article on Continuing Education published in the August edition of Today in PT. 

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Partner's Corner
Nov 14-15, 2009
Providence Health System in  Portland, OR:
Interventions for Cancer Patients and Cancer Survivors -- In the past, oncology patients were encouraged not to exercise for fear that such activities were detrimental. Now, exercise is increasingly viewed as an integral component of the treatment of oncology patients across the cancer spectrum. However, cancer and its treatment create novel clinical situations requiring rehabilitation professionals to correctly and appropriately apply exercise as a therapeutic intervention.  Given that exercise training is a relatively new therapeutic intervention for this patient population, completion of this course will help rehabilitation professionals to identify new practice opportunities. 
The California Chapter of the APTA will hold its annual conference in Pasadena, CA, on October 2nd and 3rd, 2009.  Click here to find out more!
The MAINE Chapter of the APTA Fall conference will be held on November 6 & 7.  To request more information, click here.
The Private Practice Section, APTA, Annual Conference
will be held on Nov 11-19, 2009

 PPS Conference
And the 16th World Physical Therapy Congress will be held June 20 - 23, 2011 in Amsterdam
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I'm very pleased to be able to offer this evidence-based course, Golf.  When combining the research evidence with my experience on the PGA Tour, TaylorMade Golf, and in the clinic, these practical and effective treatment interventions have proven to prevent injury and maximize treatment outcomes.
It is my goal that you are not only able to learn and apply this knowledge, but that you also enjoy this CE course and take advantage of research which assists the physical therapist in their continuing professional development.
Best Regards,
Treat yourself!
See the muscles change color as their firing intensity changes throughout the golfer's swing.  This motion capture animation is based on research available at EDUCATA. Click the image (or here) and scroll down the page to see the clip.
 August special
AgingQuizPOP QUIZ: Golf
Test your familiarity with this subject with this quick quiz:
a. Trunk rotation in golf involves an extreme amount of ROM.  Where does that rotation come from?
  1. Thoracic spine
  2. Lumbar spine
  3. SI Joint
  4. Hip
b. Hip external rotator and abductor weakness has a direct correlation to:  
  1. ACL tears
  2. Medial collateral ligament tears
  3. Fractures of the femur
  4. Over pronation of the foot and ankle

c. One possible physical limitation of the left hip in the take away in the golf swing of a right handed golfer could be:

  1. Poor eccentric strength of the external rotators
  2. Poor eccentric strength of the Gluteus maximus
  3. Poor eccentric strength of the hamstrings
  4. Poor eccentric strength of the quadriceps
And the correct answers are...
a. 1    --    b. 1    --   c. 4
How did you do?  Is this a subject about which you would like to learn more?  If so, please check out Dr. Donatelli's excellent interactive class: Golf
More on Golf

Golf 1

LE                                                 CORE             
Initiates power & rotation                . Erector spinae 
Gluteus maximus & medius          . Obliques
 Hamstrings - medial & lateral
 Adductor magnus

Golf muscles 2

LE                                                 CORE             
Knee stability & pelvic rotation       . Erector spinae
Biceps LH (lead leg)                    . Obliques
Possible Swing Faults Secondary to Physical Limitations
1. Poor flexibility left posterior capsule
    - May bend left elbow during the swing and/or trunk over rotates
  - Over rotation of trunk
2. R shoulder external rotation limited to less than 45 degrees in adducted position
    - Elbows moves away from side with shoulder abduction during swing
3. Poor Flexibility of the right anterior capsule 
    - Scapula adducts and/or trunk over rotates

To learn more, download the paper "Electromyographic Analysis of the Trunk in Golfers" (free of charge for EDUCATA members!)
Offer is good on purchases prior to September 15, 2009. Lectures are good for 90 days.
Aging_coursesThe "Golf" Course & Lectures at EDUCATA
Take the whole course, or get your feet wet by trying one lecture!
Conditioning the Hip/Trunk and Compensatory Swing Mechanics (2 hours)  Download outline
This lecture combines two topics. The first topic is that of strengthening the hip and trunk in the golfer. It identifies the anatomy of the CORE and the classification of the muscles as local and global. The three different stabilizing mechanisms within the spine will be defined and related to the golf swing. Evaluation, as well as strengthening and endurance training, of the CORE muscles will be addressed. The second topic looks at the compensatory swing mechanics in the golfer and identifies possible physical limitations related to the swing, such as restricted mobility and muscle weakness. This lecture interprets these physical limitations during the golf swing and discusses how to evaluate and treat the limitations.
This course will include a review of the four systems that make up balance, vestibular, vision, proprioceptors and muscle strength. Evaluation of the four systems will be presented and evidence based treatment approaches will be reviewed.  

What others say about this course:
"This is the best online course I have taken. Excellent presentation and format. I only wish Dr. Donatelli had more courses!"
Brian N., PT, DPT, MTC