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ATSU Continuing Education

november, 2021

Pain: How it Affects Stability and Movement


Event Details

Please be advised that all continuing education courses offered through the AT-PBRN will close on December 17, 2021 at 8pm ET. If you are interested in completing a course for the 20-21 BOC reporting cycle, please be sure to do so before this date. Additionally, the AT-PBRN team will be unavailable to assist with CEU certificate issues from December 17, 2021 through January 10, 2022. Any and all requests and issues will be resolved when we return on Monday, January 10, 2022. To submit a request regarding a missing CEU certificate, please click here: AT-PBRN CEU Certificate Request

Course Instructor:
Sue Falsone, PT, MS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, COMT, RYT

Although most athletic trainers deal with patients who are in pain, very few clinicians understand the complexity of pain perception and the individuality by which it presents itself from patient to patient.  Often, patients of the same gender, around the same age, with the same diagnosis, present very differently when it comes to the amount of pain they are experiencing.  This presents a difficult scenario for the athletic trainer, who may be utilizing past clinical experience to manage a current patient.  Truly understanding the biopsychosocial aspects of pain and understanding the most recent literature on pain sciences will be helpful to the clinical athletic trainer, who is often tasked with helping a patient simply “feel better”.   Pain affects movement, so athletic trainers who are attempting to change an athletes’ movement patterns first must address the pain perception that can be altering the movement patterns.  Proper modality selection and counseling is a must in order for the athletic trainer to be effective  in the field of pain management.

Pain is a multifactorial experience and should be addressed via a comprehensive biopsychosocial intervention model.  Pain and nociceptive stimulation do not go hand in hand, meaning pain can be present in the absence of nociceptive stimulation. Therefore, the clinician needs to understand not only the physical neurology of the sensation of pain, but the emotional, psychological, social, and personal experiences that factor into the creation of pain perception.  With this comprehensive understanding, the clinician should be able to select an appropriate intervention to modulate pain based on the needs of the individual patient

This course aims to cover the following objectives, which will be presented in five individual online modules:

  1. Appreciate that pain is a multi-factorial experience, and should be treated via a multi-factorial approach including physical, emotional and biopsychosocial considerations
  2. Identify different pain theories and the basic neurology underlying the sensation of pain
  3. Understand how pain may affect normal movement patterns
  4. Implement different modalities to address pain and improve movement
  5. Understand the effects of different modalities on pain modulation and describe the mechanism of action for these modalities
Please note that following the five modules, you will be asked to answer 10 knowledge questions about the content presented in the modules. Additionally, be sure to view each module in its entirety. It is recommended to take notes as you will not be permitted to return to a module once you have proceeded forward.
** This EBP home study course will take approximately 45 minutes to complete **
To receive 0.75 EBP CEUs for this home study course, you must receive at least a 70% on the knowledge assessment. Following the completion of the course and knowledge assessment, you will receive an email from the AT-PBRN with your EBP CEU certificate, if warranted.
If you have any questions at any point throughout the home study course, please contact the AT-PBRN using the following link: Contact the AT-PBRN
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Year Around Event (2021)


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