Sports-minded physical therapists and clinical students interested in movement often ask us what resources we recommend to compliment their formal education.
Clinical programs generally do a commendable job teaching anatomy, biomechanics, medical screening, and rehabilitation protocols. Consequently, these subjects aren’t the focus of the list below. Entry-level rehabilitation and sports medicine programs are often lacking, however, in performance-oriented content. In sport, regaining “normal” function after an injury generally doesn’t constitute sufficient preparation, especially as normative standards for physical capacity continue to decline. The line between rehabilitation and performance is an arbitrary one determined mainly by political and financial incentives and educational limitations, not best practice.
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