|Date:||June 2nd, 2018 from 10:00am to11:30am America/Toronto|
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WEBINAR 1: Targeting Prevention of Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis After a Youth Sport-Related Knee injury
Dr. Jackie Whittaker
Date: 7am PDT – June 2, 2018
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Physical activity is associated with important health benefits in school-aged children and adolescents. However, sport and recreation participation is a leading cause of injury amongst youth (11-18 years), with an alarming 1 in 3 seeking medical attention for sport and recreational related injuries annually. Knee injuries are amongst the most common (~40%). Youth sport-related knee injuries are associated with pain, physical decline, withdrawal from sport participation, depression, and early-onset osteoarthritis (OA). In fact, youth who suffer a significant knee joint injury are at a 4-fold increased risk of developing OA within 10-15 years compared to youth that do not have an injury. Given that knee OA is a common reason for becoming inactive with age, and has been shown to predictor mortality, a full understanding of how to minimize the risk of OA after a youth sport-related knee injury is needed.
This presentation will provide an overview of potential treatment targets/strategies for preventing of post-traumatic OA (PTOA) after a youth sport-related knee injury. This will include all potentially modifiable risk/protective factors amenable to intervention (e.g., physical, behavioural, educational, psychological, biological (pharmaceutical), structural (surgery)) in the interval between joint injury and PTOA onset. Topics covered will include; delaying surgical interventions (i.e., Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction and menisectomy) in lieu of exercise therapy, completeness of rehabilitation prior to return to sport, modifications to sport and recreation participation, nutritional counselling, and approaches aimed at establishing realistic expectations and identity evolution.
Dr. Whittaker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, and Research Director of the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic at the University of Alberta in Edmonton (Canada). She is recognized as a Clinical Specialist in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, is an Adjunct Professor at the International Olympic Committee funded Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre at the University of Calgary (Canada), and an Associate Member of the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and OA. The focus of her research is to understand the origins of chronic adult musculoskeletal diseases, such as OA, in youth, and to shift the approach taken to manage OA towards preventing or delaying its onset. This includes determining the origins of health and disease through a greater understanding of the period between youth musculoskeletal injury and OA onset, and the development and implementation of targeted secondary prevention interventions aimed at reducing the burden of OA. Dr. Whittaker’s research is guided by a unique skill set stemming from extensive clinical expertise gained through 21 years of clinical practice.