Orthotic Applications in Sports Medicine


This one hour introductory level course for PT/PTA, OT/OTA, RN, SW, Case Managers and other health care professionals will identify the most common injuries and orthotic treatment methods for the ankle, knee, elbow and shoulder. Focus will be on the patient evaluation process and the various orthotic options to ensure the appropriate orthosis is utilized to maximize stability, function and rehabilitation outcomes.

Course Syllabus

Course Handout

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the design principles of sport orthoses
  • Describe the goals of sport orthoses
  • Compare and contrast the indications and contraindications for prefabricated, custom-fit and custom designed sport orthoses
  • Identify various components and materials used in the fabrication of sport orthoses
  • Compare and contrast the clinical indications for various sport orthoses designs for the foot/ankle, knee, wrist, elbow and shoulder
  • Explain the process of proper orthotic device delivery, fitting and regular follow-up for maintenance of proper device functioning
  • Identify therapy training concepts that will benefit the user of sport orthoses
  • Describe the expected long-term outcomes of the implementation of a treatment plan for an individual using a sport orthosis

AOTA Classification Codes

  • Domain of OT: Areas of occupation; activity demands
  • OT Process: Intervention

Hanger Clinic is an AOTA approved provider of occupational therapy continuing education. This course has been approved for 1.0 CE Contact Hours. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA APP No: 8417.