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As the country reopens in the midst of the COVID-19, PTs, PTAs, coaches, parents, and athletes of all abilities plan for return to sport.

Join our APTA Live discussion on injury prevention concerns, COVID-19 and safe practice and play considerations, and recommendations for preparation and implementation of sports activities in the upcoming phases of reopening.

Moderator: Hadiya Green Guerrero, PT, DPT

Guest speakers: Katie Lucas, PT, DPT, Sarah Reinking, PT, DPT, and James Zachazewski, PT, ATC, DPT

Author Bios

Katie Lucas, PT, DPT, Ph.D., SCS, OCS, CSCS, is a postdoctoral associate at the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Katie graduated from the Sports Residency Program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in 2013. She is a national track and field classifier as well as a regional wheelchair basketball classifier with the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee. Katie is the current chair of the APTA's Adaptive Sports SIG within the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy and treasurer of the Biomechanics SIG within the Section on Research. She is an item writer for the Specialization Academy of Content Experts and is on the 2020 President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition Science Board. Her research interests include motor control in sports and rehabilitation with a clinical interest in endurance athletes, youth athletes, and athletes with disabilities.

Sarah Reinking, PT, DPT, SCS, is board certified sports physical therapist at Children’s Hospital Colorado, where she also serves as the sports physical therapy research lead. She was a collegiate soccer player at Saint Louis University, where she also attended PT school and graduated in 2014. Sarah then went on to complete the sports physical therapy residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2016. She is the current communication co-chair of the APTA American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy Concussion SIG. She has presented both locally and nationally on several topics, including sports specific rehabilitation following ACL reconstruction, examination and evaluation of functional low back pain in the adolescent athlete, and return to sports following lumbar spine injuries. Sarah’s research interests include outcomes following ACL reconstruction, with a particular focus on the role fear has during rehabilitation, as well as risk of musculoskeletal injury following concussions.

Jim Zachazewski, ATC, PT, DPT, is currently a Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Division of Sports Medicine. He has over 40 years of clinical, academic and administrative experience in different settings including traditional athletic training settings, faculty teaching position and various clinical practice sites. Zach has worked as a physical therapist and athletic trainer for the 1984 and 1988 Olympic and has traveled with US Diving and US Figure Skating – Synchro. He has authored or edited six text-books centered on sports rehabilitation and has multiple peer reviewed publications to his credit.