Muscle injuries – from basic concepts to latest evidence (with special focus on the rehabilitation of hamstring injuries)

Teacher Nicol Van Dyk
Dates 16-17 Febraury 2019
Max participants 36
Location Istituto Prosperius - Via San Domenico, 87 - Firenze, Italy
Certificate / Credits Yes / Yes
Type of course Theoretical & Practical
Course features
Research & Evidence Based
Theoretical foundation
Hands-on/practical sessions
2 days of high quality learning content
Course in English with translation in Italian
Medical Doctors, Physical Therapists, medicine & physiotherapy students and professionals equivalent to PT’s can register for this course
PT, PhD, Clinical researcher, IRFU Injury Surveillance & Medical Research Officer
Nicol Van Dyk is a physiotherapist and clinical reasearcher at the Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in Doha,...
Course program
  • 09:30AM - 10:00AM

    Participants arrival and registration

  • 10:00AM - 11:00AM

    Introduction - current thoughts and challenges for muscle injuries

  • 11:00AM - 12:00PM

    Basic concepts
    Mechanics of muscle action
    Muscle tendon interaction
    Functional biomechanics

  • 12:00PM - 12:45PM

    Pathophysiology of injury and repair… and how it relates to exercise prescription

  • 12:45PM - 1:45PM


  • 1:45PM - 2:45PM

    Improving movement quality during rehabilitation after muscle injury: Optimal loading = optimal movement

  • 2:45PM - 3:45PM

    Muscle injury diagnosis and classification framework (guiding assessment and management)

  • 3:45PM - 4:15PM

    Muscle Injury Management Principles - First 24hrs
    Minimizing secondary damage
    Promoting repair
    Role of sports physician/physiotherapist

  • 4:15PM - 4:30PM


  • 4:30PM - 5:00PM

    Muscle Injury Management Principles - 24-72 hrs post-injury
    Principles for early mobilization
    Addressing the predisposing factors
    Treatment techniques
    Onward referral

  • 5:00PM - 6:15PM

    Planning to return to sport - strategies to enhance effectiveness
    Sport-specific demands
    Increasing complexity
    Increasing intensity
    Strength training

  • 9:00AM - 9:30AM

    Intro and outline of the day - setting the context for hamstring injuries (theoretical session)

  • 9:30AM - 10:00AM

    Hamstring muscle and related structures (practical anatomy)

  • 10:00AM - 10:30AM

    Injury prevention - what really works? (theoretical & practical session)

  • 10:30AM - 11:15AM

    Risk factors and screening (theoretical session)
    Evidence on risk factors and value of screening for hamstring injury risk.

  • 11:15AM - 11:40AM


  • 11:40AM - 12:45PM

    Clinical diagnosis and assessments (theoretical & practical session)
    Theoretical background about anatomy, injury mechanisms and
    clinical evaluation followed by practical session going through
    standardized patient history taking and clinical assessments.

  • 12:45PM - 1:45PM


  • 1:45PM - 2:50PM

    Rehabilitation through criteria-based progression (practical session)
    Short theoretical background followed by a practical session going through the exercises (including progression and alternative exercises).

  • 2:50PM - 4:00PM

    Return to sport assessments and re-injury risk evaluation (theoretical & practical session)
    Short theoretical background followed by testing practice

  • 4:00PM - 4:20PM


  • 4:40PM - 5:10PM

    Clinical case & discussion
    The difficult hamstring - clinical tips and tricks (practical session)

  • 5:10PM - 5:20PM

    End of course & certificate delivery

Course description

Muscle injuries continues to form a large part of what physiotherapists see in clinical practice on a daily basis. It is important for the clinician to be aware of the latest research on this injury type, understand what progress has been made in the field, and be up to date with the latest clinical trends that add value in our treatment of these injuries.

Hamstring injuries remain one of the most common injury in elite sports, particularly sports such as football (soccer) and track and field which requires high speed running. This injury receives an enormous amount of attention in the literature, with every aspect of the injury investigated, from biomechanics, mechanism of injury, rehabilitation, risk factors, prevention, and return to sport.

Furthermore, the role of the physiotherapist in the prevention of muscle injuries, and keeping our athletes healthy is also an important consideration in the ever changing face of clinical medicine.

The objective of this course is to provide clinicians with the necessary knowledge to understand and interpret research on muscle injuries, and integrate the research in our daily treatment to provide evidence based practice. We will focus the application of these skills on the most common muscle injury in sports - hamstring strain injury.

This 2-day course will cover risk factors and screening, diagnosis and rehabilitation as well as return to sport decision making. It will consist of a blend of learning styles and will include lectures, interactive group sessions, individual problem solving, practical demonstrations and clinical workshops. Participants should be appropriately dressed for practical components (shorts essential) and be prepared to contribute to all aspects of the day.

Day 1 will cover basic concepts of muscle function and biomechanics, as well as pathophysiology and the healing process. We will address risk factors for muscle injuries, discuss the diagnosis and clinical classification of muscle injuries, optimal loading of the healing tissue, as well as get practical in the basic to advanced assessment of a muscle injury. Day 2 will focus on hamstring injuries, how we apply these principles, but also treatment interventions and improving movement quality during rehabilitation. We will focus on planning and designing a rehabilitation protocol, as well as the return to sport decision making, and how we can enhance our outcomes and reduce the risk of re-injury.

The theoretical information will be supplemented by the description and demonstration of a number of clinical tests and how the results of these selected tests should be interpreted for optimal use in clinical practice.

Ultimately, the course will aim to provide the necessary tools to successfully manage muscle injuries, from prevention to return to sport. A comprehensive overview of the literature, together with the latest clinical testing and techniques will be provided, allowing each participant to grow their clinical reasoning skills, as well as therapeutic knowledge, in the management of muscle, and in particular, hamstring injuries.

The course will consist of a blend of learning styles and will include lectures, interactive group sessions, individual problem solving, practical demonstrations and clinical workshops. Participants should be appropriately dressed for practical components (shorts are essential) and be prepared to contribute to all aspects of the 2 days.

Course learning objectives

After this course, participants shall be able to:

  1. Understand the basic concepts related to muscle injuries, including mechanism of injury, healing, risk factors, and rehabilitation
  2. Understand the healing process of muscle injury, and how it effects our treatment.
  3. Able to plan and design a specific rehabilitation programme
  4. Integrate the latest research on muscle injuries into clinical practice
  5. Perform and interpret an initial and daily assessment of hamstring injury.
  6. Able to plan and design a specific rehabilitation programme that includes optimal loading for hamstring injury
  7. Integrate the latest research on hamstring injuries into clinical practice
  8. Consolidate information related to diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of hamstring injuries

Dr. van Dyk has lectured extensively around the world on muscle injuries and continues to provide clinical care for athletes at the Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in Doha, Qatar. Dr. van Dyk is an associate editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) since 2014, and actively contributes to the journal’s review and publication process.

Registration fee

REGISTRATION for the course:

  • Registration fee (early booking)* € 399,00 + VAT - until December, 18th 2018
  • Students fee* € 399,00 + VAT
  • Registration fee € 455,00 + VAT - starting from December, 19th 2018
  • -10% for members of our partners

*The aforementioned promo cannot be combined with the other ongoing discounts such as: "10% discount fee for members of PARTNERS’ organizations”