Are You Empowering Your Clients with Contingency Plans?

We all know the moment. A client who has been progressing well shows up for your session. You spot it immediately, their body language is a bit off. Is that a limp? You know what there going to say before they even say it…..⁠

“I had a bit of a set back. I tried doing “X” this weekend and my symptoms all came rushing back. I feel like we are starting back over again” ⁠

Patient empowerment is paramount to successful outcomes. Cultivating optimism and helping the patient restore trust in their body is the foundation of our role as movement practitioners. But cultivating optimism is not about making them feel invincible. 

It’s about helping them prepare for issues when they arise. It’s about letting them know that at some point that their issues may return and this is no reason for panic. It’s about establishing a “protocol” that can be initiated at the first sign of symptom recurrence that replaces emotion with action. It’s about putting them in the driver’s seat where they can address their issues autonomously at the onset.⁠

Strength and resiliency are not characterized by the absence of adverse situations, but the ability to negotiate them confidently. ⁠

Nothing makes me happier as a clinician than when I hear a patient had a setback and was able to put a plan in action independently to get themselves on the right track.⁠

Preparation breeds confidence. ⁠

  • Dr. Anthony Iannarino, DPT


Article: Single Leg Countermovement Jump Tests: Not Half an Apple

Cohen et al. Aspetar Medical Journal. March 2020. 

What is more important for return to play jump analysis, double leg jumps or single leg? What can we glean from each and what limitations do each impose? This article does an excellent job of discussing the strengths and weaknesses of each type of assessment and the influence they should have on decision making. 

Podcast: BJSM: Too much? Too young? Youth sports specialization with Dr. Neeru Jayanthi. Ep #489

An excellent analysis of the risks vs benefits of early sports specialization with one of the world’s foremost experts on this topic, Dr. Neeru Jayanthi. 

Book: Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character, By Richard P. Feynman

Richard Feynman, Nobel Prize winning physicist, gives the reader a glimpse inside of his unique brain. He inspires the reader to approach science with humility and an insatiable thirst for exploring the unknown.The book is interlaced with hilarious and entertaining stories from a life well lived. 

Social Media Follow: @notyourbasisPT

Dr. Adelle Smener, PT and ACL specialist with [P]REHAB PT in LA does an excellent job highlighting her key principles of ACL rehab and provides behind the scenes looks at her ACL Club where she runs small group classes for clients to battle through elements of ACL rehab together.

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