Lower Extremity Pathologies in Sports Medicine & Performance Enhancement for the High Demand Population

Dates: May 3-4, 2024

Meets: F and Sa from 7:30 AM to 4:50 PM

Location: DCIH

Course: $550.00

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Recover, Rehab, and Rebuild Your Patients: Lower Extremity Pathologies in Sports Medicine & Performance Enhancement for the High Demand Population

This is a two-day in-person course held on the Grand Rapids campus.

This course is open to Athletic Trainers and falls under the CEU Category D.

Day 1: All Things Lower Extremity

Do you need a "crash course" that covers the main "take home" points on rehabilitation of common lower extremity pathologies? This course covers a multitude of diagnoses in the lower extremity that are most often seen in outpatient orthopedic and sports rehabilitation facilities. Best practices for treatment interventions will be discussed on a host of conditions including ankle sprains, Achilles reconstructions, plantar heel pain, patellofemoral pain syndrome, knee replacements, ACL reconstructions, meniscus and cartilage lesions, hip FAI, hamstring injuries, and total hip replacements. The clinician who takes this course will be confident that their treatment approach will be evidence-informed and best practices will be reviewed.

Day 1 Objectives:

  1. State the current evidence on risk factors and impairments for a host of lower extremity pathologies.
  2. Illustrate best practices for treatment interventions for common lower extremity pathologies.
  3. Identify screening and testing measures through a functional testing algorithm to help maximize treatment outcomes.

Day 2: Performance Enhancement in Rehabilitation

Most physical therapists don't get enough "late stage" rehabilitation education and guidance on progressing high-level/high demand patients and/or athletes. Physical therapy graduate programs prepare students to be a "generalist." The average clinician needs advanced education if they're seeing more high level patients/athletes. This one-day course will discuss screening and testing for the upper and lower extremity athlete, discuss best practices for strength and conditioning, and provide a framework for progressing athletes safely back to sports activities and to the weight room. This course is ideal for the novice clinician as well as for the more seasoned clinician with limited experience or confidence in treating the advanced athlete. The focus of the course is ensuring the clinician understands how to progress the higher-level patient/client/athlete safely but at the same time, adequately prepare them for return to sport.

Day 2 Objectives:

  1. Discern athlete readiness for performance enhancement.
  2. Perform screening and testing techniques to determine athlete readiness for performance training.
  3. Review various periodization models in strength and conditioning.
  4. Review principles of exercise progression.
  5. Discuss performance enhancement principles for UE and LE athletes.
  6. Differentiate weight room transitions and how to facilitate safe progression to sport training/conditioning.
  7. Design programming for the athlete who may require more self-guided training due to financial or insurance limitations.


**PLEASE NOTE: There will be a one-hour break for participants to get lunch on their own - this is not included.**

Physical Therapy Professional Development Policies

Payment & Registration

  • Payment is due upon registration. If a participant registers for a course and has not paid the registration fee, we will send a reminder email to pay the fee. If there is no response and the fee has not been paid within 7 days, the participant will be dropped from the course and may re-register and pay if space is available.
    This policy is to ensure equitable access to courses that have high demand and long waitlists.
  • Registration Deadline: Three days prior to the program by 5pm.
  • Waitlist Policy: Our physical therapy programs may fill up due to interest in the content. If the course becomes full, we will have a limited wait list. Those who get on a wait list for a course, you will be notified as soon as possible if a seat becomes available and payment must be made upon enrollment.


  • Participants may cancel their registration at any time by calling our office at 616-331-7180 or emailing learn@gvsu.edu. Cancellations must be received at least one week prior to class start time. Cancellations received before the deadline will receive a full refund. Cancellations received after the deadline and/or no-shows are not eligible for refunds.

Physical Therapy Professional Development Required Credits:

  • Participants seeking Physical Therapy Professional Development Required Credits will need to arrive by the start time of the program, and must stay until the end. Partial credit will not be awarded.
  • Participants must complete the post-event evaluation to receive PDR credit.
  • Certificates will be emailed to participants 1-2 business days after the program. Participants who have not received their certificate (and it is not in their spam/junk folder) should email learn@gvsu.edu.

GVSU Department of Physical Therapy, an accredited physical therapist education program, is authorized by Administrative Rule 338.7131 to award professional development required hours in Michigan.

Fee: $550.00

Fee Breakdown

FeeCourse$ 550.00
Fee-AlternateGVSU Alumni$ 400.00
Fee-AlternateGVSU DPT Program CIs$ 400.00


Grand Valley State University Health Campus
DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health
333 Michigan St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Dan Lorenz

Dan Lorenz, DPT, PT, ATC, LAT, CSCS is the Director of Sports Medicine at Lawrence Memorial Hospital/OrthoKS in Lawrence, KS. Previously, he was an owner and Director of Physical Therapy for Specialists in Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation (SSOR), an outpatient physical therapy practice based in Overland Park, KS with three locations. He has a B.S. in Health Sciences with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Grand Valley State University in 1999 and a M.S in Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State in 2001. In 1997, he was an athletic training intern for the Chicago White Sox Major League Baseball team. From 2004-2005, he completed the Duke University Sports Physical Therapy Fellowship. Formerly, he was an assistant athletic trainer and physical therapist for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2005-2007. In 2009, he earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in St. Augustine, FL. He was the founder and Chair of the Sports Performance Enhancement Special Interest Group for the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy for 6 years. Dr. Lorenz has been published several times in peer-reviewed journals and has been an invited speaker numerous times at local, state, and national conferences in sports medicine. In 2018, Dan was recognized by the NSCA as the Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Professional of the Year and in 2014, he was awarded the inaugural Distinguished Physical Therapy Alumni Award from Grand Valley State University.

Date Day Time Location
05/03/2024Friday7:30 AM to 4:50 PM DCIH
05/04/2024Saturday7:30 AM to 4:45 PM DCIH