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Strength in Knowledge Summit

The Strength in Knowledge Summit was a huge success with 10 feature presentations and bonus sessions over the three days! The R2P Academy and guest presenters dove deeper into concepts and case studies in the world of Sports Rehab and Performance.

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The Presentations

  • Building a Foundation in ACL Rehab: The Basics and Beyond; Dr. Steph Allen
  • Anti-Racism & Allyship:  History, Racial Trauma, Implicit Bias and How to be an Ally in Health and Wellness; Dr. Jennifer Hutton 
  • PT Biz Chat with Dr. Josh Funk, Dr. Ashley Johnson, and Dr. Craig Phifer 
  • Rehabilitating The Throwing Athlete: Mastering the Fundamentals and Return to Throwing Progressions; Dr. Zach Baker
  • Parallels and Differences between Outpatient vs. Professional Sport Physical Therapy; Dr. Maggie Bryant
  • Training like an Athlete for the rest of us: How to turn Inactive Clients into Athletes; Dr. Michelle Boland
  • Beyond “Just Load It”: A Comprehensive Guide to Exercise Selection, Categorization, and Modification; Dr. Michael Reinhardt
  • Building a Better Clinical Brain: Tactics to Improve Outcomes, Fight Burnout, and Set the Stage for Limitless Growth; Dr. Anthony Iannarino
  •  The Movement vs. Muscle Conundrum: Has The Pendulum Swung Too Far; Dr. Jarred Boyd
  • Brain Gainz: A Comprehensive Framework for  Assessment and Reconditioning Post-Concussion; Dr. Paula McCorkle
  • Implementing an On Field Rehab Program for Soccer Players; Dr. Nicole Surdyka

Presenters & Topics 

steph allen, physical therapy, levelupBuilding a Foundation in ACL Rehab: The Basics and Beyond

Dr. Steph Allen, PT, DPT, OCS

The Presentation

This presentation is meant to demystify some of the complexity that we tend to add to ACL rehab. We will revisit the early and mid stages of ACL rehab through the lens of principles vs. methods. Through case studies, we will practice having conversations and making decisions based on our evidence informed "whys."

  • Realize the gap that often still exists between the level of preparedness at the completion of ACL rehab and that which is required of the individual for sport.
  • Utilize principles to guide treatment in each phase of ACL rehab.
  • Gain confidence with having conversations surrounding return to running or sport, as well as the decisions of progressing from lower to higher level tasks in rehab via case study application.
  • Decrease some of the fear surrounding the complexity and nuance of ACL rehab, and have some fun!


Dr. Steph Allen is currently a Physical Therapist at Boston Physical Therapy & Wellness, as well as Co-Founder of The Level Up Initiative. Following graduating Ithaca College with her DPT, Steph has primarily focused her time on developing her skills in strength and conditioning training, in addition to running biomechanics, specializing in ACL recovery and return to sport rehabilitation.

Through her passion in these areas, she plans to incorporate both activities into her patient care, where appropriate. Patient interaction and human connection are both very important aspects of Steph's rehab and treatment process, as she believes in the importance of building a strong level of trust between her and her patients while helping them return to physical activity, fitness, and sports.

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zach baker, dpt, aclRehabilitating The Throwing Athlete: Mastering the Fundamentals and Return to Throwing Progressions

Dr. Zach Baker, PT, DPT, SCS

The Presentation

The presentation will organize the process and highlight the priorities of taking an individual from the acute phase of an injury through the final phase of returning to throwing. It will help create a logical sequence for progressions, as well as, a hierarchy of movement demands and physical competencies. In the end, you will feel comfortable and competent with creating a needs analysis for your throwing athlete and implementing an evidence informed return to sport program with simple checklists throughout the process.

  • Define the phases of throwing a ball overhead and appreciate the physical demands within each phase of throwing.
  • Create a needs analysis for an injured athlete returning to throwing
  • Familiarize ourselves with interval throwing programs and objective measures to utilize when tracking progress throughout the rehabilitation and performance phases
  • Implement an evidence informed program to progress through the phases of rehabilitation to full return to sport


Dr. Zach Baker serves as the Area Director at R2P, while seeing clients at the Frederick and Mt. Airy locations. Born and raised in Westminster, MD, he earned his B.S. in Exercise Science from Salisbury University and went on to obtain his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland Baltimore. At UMB, he was awarded the Robert P. Gordes Award, given to the individual showing excellence in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine in their graduating class.

Dr. Baker works closely with the staff at R2P regarding clinical education and currently oversees the R2P Sports Residency where he serves as Program Director.

Interact - @ZDBaker30        Podcasts & More - Click Here

michelle boland, performance, Training like an Athlete for the rest of us: How to turn Inactive Clients into Athletes

Dr. Michelle Boland, PhD, CSCS

The Presentation

The presentation will teach you how to program athleticism for your general population clients. At the end of the presentation you will know:

  • How to define terms to clarify your goals
  • How to create athletic style programs for your general population clients
  • How to include relative high intensity force production and speed activities into your programming
  • How to utilize programming checklists and checkpoints to track outcomes
  • Organizational strategies for programming to maximize your preparation time and client results


Michelle Boland, Ph.D is a certified strength and conditioning coach (CSCS) and owner of Michelle Boland Training, LLC. Michelle was previously the Director of Education at a private training facility and has several years experience as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for a D1 collegiate institution. She completed a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, has a master’s degree in strength and conditioning, and a doctoral degree in exercise physiology. Michelle specializes in movement biomechanics, athletic development, and improving fitness while addressing nagging pain or injuries that may be limiting performance.

Interact - @Dr.MichelleBoland       Website - View Here 

jarred boyd, physical therapy, memphis grizzliesThe Movement vs. Muscle Conundrum: Has The Pendulum Swung Too Far

Dr. Jarred Boyd, PT, DPT, ATC, SCS, CSCS

The Presentation

The intent of the presentation is to discuss when "training" muscles vs. movements should be considered in the reconditioning and physical preparation process. Understanding, the variables and contextual factors that revolve around such a divisive concept is critical in improving decision making. This presentation will equip individuals with an additional lens for discerning the relevance of kinetics and kinematics.

  • Discuss the relevance of kinematics vs. kinetics revolving reconditioning of the injured athlete
  • Describe the concept of training movement vs. muscles from an exercise application premise
  • Dissect the variables that coalesce into the end stage goal(s) of return to play
  • Delineate the entities of dynamic systems theory and where they fit on the movement vs. muscle spectrum


Jarred Boyd, a board-certified sports clinical specialist, serves as a performance therapist with the NBA Memphis Grizzlies. He has a keen interest in developing pragmatic reconditioning schemes for athletic populations. He is also a lecturer for the continuing education company R2P Academy, teaching sports physical therapy principles and processes for improved reasoning and rationale behind decision making.

Interact - @Dr.JFitBoyd       Resources - View Here

maggie bryant, dpt, physical therapy, clippersParallels and Differences between Outpatient vs. Professional Sport Physical Therapy

Dr. Maggie Bryant, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS

The Presentation

  • Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of the complexities of professional sport physical therapy
  • Outline the parallels to professional sport and clinical setting
  • Outline the importance of contextual factors in rehabilitation


Dr. Bryant is the Director of Rehabilitation for the LA Clippers NBA team. Dr. Bryant earned her B.S in Exercise Physiology and Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Minnesota. She then went on to complete a Sports Residency at the University of Southern California and recently completed a year long fellowship in movement. Dr. Bryant grew up very involved with athletics and is passionate about combining past experience with current literature to provide best practice.


Interact - @MagsB55

JPop, Jennifer Hutton, Pediatric Physical TherapyAnti-Racism & Allyship:  History, Racial Trauma, Implicit Bias and How to be an Ally in Health and Wellness

Dr. Jennifer Hutton, PT, DPT

The Presentation

Anti-Racism and Allyship is a workshop designed to facilitate a more informed perspective of a health and wellness professional’s position on allyship for BIPOC individuals. It focuses on the history of healthcare from slavery through the civil rights era, the former beliefs that influenced the foundation on which our healthcare system was built, and how flawed ideologies and practices shaped BIPOC’s mistrust in the healthcare system. It discusses the connection between racial trauma and health disparities and gives action steps and tools for health and wellness professionals to become effective allies.

  • Discuss the history of the healthcare system during slavery, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights eras
  • Articulate how racial trauma has an effect on physical and mental health
  • Break down the stages of allyship and action steps for each stage
  • Resources (books, articles, research) to further your antiracism work personally and professionally


Dr. Jennifer Hutton, aka Dr. Jpop, is a pediatric physical therapist from Nashville, TN. She graduated from Loma Linda University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2008. Jennifer enjoys treating the developmentally delayed population, as well as children with neurological and orthopedic diagnoses, both congenital and acquired. While the world reminds children with special needs of their limitations, she believes they are all capable of the impossible and helps them see that their special gifts will help them be their best selves. In 2018 Jennifer became an instructor for RockTape which sparked a passion for teaching others. She is currently working on her own educational content for pediatric movement specialists.

As a Black woman, Jennifer knows what it is like to identify as different, and it has helped in her quest to be an ally for children with disabilities inside and outside of the clinic. Now she is educating others on how to be effective allies to BIPOC and other marginalized communities through her membership program Building Allyship. Her mission for Building Allyship is to facilitate a space of connection, accountability, community learning, and to help others strengthen their voice and stance as allies in their own communities. Through her work with children and her efforts to help others become better allies, Jennifer is furthering her desire to create a diverse and inclusive space she calls Dr. Jpop’s Neighborhood.

Interact - @Dr.JPop      Website  - View Here

Anthony Iannarino, Physical Therapy, DPTBuilding a Better Clinical Brain: Tactics to Improve Outcomes, Fight Burnout, and Set the Stage for Limitless Growth

Dr. Anthony Iannarino, PT, DPT, CSCS

The Presentation

We spend an incredible amount of time learning the x’s and o’s of our craft. We spend hours upon hours in the anatomy lab and devour biomechanics research. But do we every stop to think about the how we synthesize all of this information? Do we ever break down the factors that influence our decisions? Do we develop a system to ensure that we are truly evolving from our experience, not just repeating it? In this lecture, we will dive into strategies to develop your clinical brain for improved outcomes and long term sustainable professional growth.

  • Define key variables that influence our decision making in the clinic
  • Establish principles to improve decision making accuracy
  • Develop a self auditing process to accelerate learning and professional growth
  • Define factors leading to burnout and how to avoid these pitfalls


Dr. Anthony Iannarino is the current Site Director at the new R2P Bethesda location. Hailing from the Buckeye state, Dr. Iannarino earned his B.S in Exercise Physiology and Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Dayton. Through a comprehensive approach looking at the human body as an integrated system, he uses education, exercise, and manual therapy to provide patients the tools to reach higher levels of health and progress toward their goals. He also had the honor of being Rehab 2 Perform’s first ever clinical student. Dr. Iannarino is currently a member of the Nationally ranked Bullis School Track & Field coaching staff.

Interact - @AIannarino3_DPT

Brain Gainz: A Comprehensive Framework for  Assessment and Reconditioning Post-ConcussionPaula McCorkle, Physical Therapy, DPT

Dr. Paula McCorkle, PT, DPT, CSCS

The Presentation

Concussion management is not something that is well-understood by many healthcare professionals. This presentation serves as an evidence-based framework for both the assessment and management of concussion in the clinical setting. Additionally, it will cover strategies for rehabilitation and return to sport in athletes post-concussion.

  • Understand the biomechanics and physiology of concussion
  • Properly assess and treat systems affected by concussion
  • Provide a framework for making informed and objective return to sport decisions


Dr. Paula McCorkle is a Performance Physical Therapist at Rehab 2 Perform in Germantown, and is the Director of the Concussion Program. A Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Paula uses her knowledge of both strength training and rehab to transition clients from outpatient physical therapy settings to full-body strength training and fitness programs.

Dr. McCorkle leads the charge with the R2P Concussion Program utilizing an active and evidence-based rehab framework to recondition athletes post concussion. She completed her training at the University of Pittsburgh, a leader in the realm of concussion rehab.

Interact - @PaulaMcCorkle

Beyond “Just Load It”: A Comprehensive Guide to Exercise Selection, Categorization, and ModificationMichael Reinhardt, Physical Therapist, DPT

Dr. Michael Reinhardt, PT, DPT

The Presentation

Dr. Reinhardt will be diving deep into a topic that is just as much an art as it is a science -- how to refine and streamline your exercise selection process. This presentation is in response to the ubiquitous questions of, "Why are you doing this exercise? Why did you choose this over something else?"

By creating an adaptable mental model for exercise categorization, selection, and modification we can reduce the cognitive burden on coaches and clinicians while enhancing other forms of decision making. This will be far from your "typical" discussion of exercise. It will challenge you to ask better questions while seeking a deeper grasp of, "what are we ultimately trying to achieve?"

  • The Necessity For Building Exercise Frameworks
  • Exercise Selection Principles
  • Foundational Movement Archetypes
  • Exercise Modifications


With over 8 years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach, Mike has worked with a diverse population of athletes and active individuals in the western NY and MD areas. He has been fortunate to work with a variety of athletes from both performance and rehabilitative perspectives. Mike has competed in Olympic Style weightlifting for the last six years and remains heavily involved in numerous weightlifting and strength sport communities. He enjoys the beautiful complexity of the sport of weightlifting – the perfect blend of speed, strength, power, mobility, and coordination.

Mike has an intense passion for integrating knowledge from the field of strength and conditioning with the intricacies of human biomechanics, physiology, neurology, and physics necessary to realize an individual’s performance potential. He enjoys the art of blending these integral aspects into a progressive plan geared towards achieving an individual’s desired performance and health related goals.

Interact - @MikeR_oly_DPT

nicle surdyka, pt, soccerImplementing an On Field Rehab Program for Soccer Players

Dr. Nicole Surdyka, PT, DPT, CSCS

The Presentation

On field rehab is an important component in bridging the gap between gym based rehabilitation exercises and actually performing in the athlete's sport. It helps to prepare them physically, psychologically, and cognitively for the complex open environment of sport. While there is always nuance and individualization involved in designing an on field rehab program, this presentation will provide you with a framework and principles for how to implement this crucial stage of rehab.

  • Explore the benefits of an on field rehab program
  • Understand the principles and framework behind an on field rehab program
  • Feel comfortable with the individualization of the on field rehab program based on athlete specific needs


Dr. Surdyka is the newly announced Director of Rehabilitation for the OL Reign Soccer Club, a member of the NWSL! A lifelong footballer (soccer), she played at the D1 level for St. John's University in New York.  Dedicated to the sport, Nicole provides training and programs to reduce the risk of injury for soccer players. 

Interact - Dr.NicolePT        Website - View Here

physical therapy, CEU, Sports Rehab

Our First Online event took place in the Summer of 2020.  Purchase and Access the content below!

Strength in Knowledge! The Academy provided 10+ hours of amazing content in the world of Sports Rehab & Performance on the weekend of June 27th and 28th. Did you miss out? You are able to purchase and access all the content now! $9.99 for individual presentations, or save $25 when you purchase all 6 Videos! 

Presentations Included:

  • Post Operative Considerations: Moving Beyond Rehabilitation - Dr. Zach Baker, DPT, SCS. Area Director, Rehab 2 Perform
  • Rehab 2.0: The Future of PT - Dr. Josh Funk, DPT. Owner/CEO, Rehab 2 Perform
  • Comprehensive Hamstring Strain Evaluations and Treatment: Checkpoints, Check-downs, and Continuum's - Dr. Anthony Iannarino, DPT, CSCS. Site Director, Rehab 2 Perform
  • Tendon Neuroplastic Training and Aerobic Plyometrics: Novel Strategies for Tendinopathy Reconditioning - Dr. Jarred Boyd, DPT, ATC, SCS, CSCS. Performance Physical Therapy, Memphis Grizzlies
  • Building Your Brand: Create an Effective Marketing Strategy - Matt Cornell. COO, Rehab 2 Perform
  • Beyond Load Management: What it is NOT and what really matters for Rehab and Performance - Dr. Michael Reinhardt, DPT. Site Director, Rehab 2 Perform

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