2019 National Conference

Rob Panariello

Hamstring Injuries: Rehabilitation and Performance Enhancement Training

A common soft tissue injury in sports involving sprinting, cutting, and jumping is the hamstring strain. Hamstring strains are exceedingly common in athletics and contribute to a significant amount of morbidity and time lost from sport participation. A major dilemma with hamstring strains is the high incidence of re-injury. This presentation will provide the attendee with the risk factors of hamstring injuries as well as a rehabilitation approach for the athlete's ideal return to play. Also addressed will be a systematic approach with regard to the enhancement of the physical qualities necessary for the prevention of hamstring injury and/or prevention of reoccurring hamstring injury allowing for continued optimal athletic performance.

Robert Panariello MS, PT, ATC, CSCS is a Founding Partner and Co-Chief Executive Officer at Professional Physical Therapy presently with 180 facilities in 5 states as well as the 20,000 square foot state of the art Professional Athletic Performance Center located in Garden City, New York. Rob has 38 years of experience in the related fields of Sports Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, and the Performance Enhancement Training of Athletes. His experience includes the study of the science and art of coaching with National team weightlifters and various National sport team athletes in Bulgaria, the former Soviet Union, and the former East Germany. He previously held the positions as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at St. John's University of New York, the World League of American Football NY/NJ Knights, and the WUSA NY POWER Women's Professional Soccer League.

Rob has more than 60 peer reviewed Orthopedic and Sports Medicine research, Sports Physical Therapy research, and Strength and Conditioning journal, book chapter, and book publications. He received the 2016 National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Specialist of the Year Award, the 2015 American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Sports Physical Therapy Section Lynn Wallace Clinical Educator Award, was elected as one of the initial inductees to the 2003 USA Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame, and received the prestigious National Strength and Conditioning Association's Presidents Award in 1998. Rob continues to rehabilitate and train athletes as well lectures both nationally and internationally on the related topics of Sports Rehabilitation and the Performance Enhancement Training of Athletes.