Applying Science to Practice

Applying Science to Practice

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Intended Audience:

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Athletic Trainers, and students of those fields


Applying science to practice can be a tricky exercise for rehabilitation professionals. The evidence often can seem like it is pointing in every different direction making if difficult to know exactly what the “evidence-based position” (not a thing) would be. Clinicians already have a full-time job working with their patients; how can we find time to stay up to date with the literature? We need to do better.

This 90-minute course gives an overview on what science is and the current flaws in our understanding regarding how to apply it. Once we agree on how it’s supposed to work, this course will provide a template of how we can all do better – as researchers, as clinicians, and even as patients ourselves. The information is presented in an entertaining and patient centered format with a focus on using critical thinking to approach a better understanding of our world inside and outside the clinic.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Use a funnel analogy to simplify the complexities of evidence-based practice
  • Define “science”
  • Describe the role of pre-trial registration


This course is presented by Erik Meira, PT, DPT who is currently the director of the Physical Therapy Science Communication Group based out of Portland, OR, USA, a company that specializes in sports rehabilitation and education, and is a clinical advisor to the University of Portland NCAA Division I program. He is an ABPTS Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist and an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with extensive experience in the management of sports injuries at many different levels. He is a frequent consultant for organizations within the NCAA, NBA, NFL, MLS, WNSL, and other elite sports leagues.

Dr. Meira has authored several articles and textbook chapters and lectures internationally in small private team settings all the way through being the keynote speaker at large professional conferences. Known for his ability to make complex ideas simple to understand with a humorous delivery style, he covers topics such as the hip, knee, exercise prescription, returning athletes to sport, science application, applied biomechanics, and PT practice models. Previously he was the founder and the original chair of the Hip Special Interest Group of the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy (AASPT), served as their APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) Program Chair, and was a member of the AASPT Executive Committee. He is also the co-host of PT Inquest, a podcast dedicated to understanding physical therapy science and provides continuing education through The Science PT.

Contact Hours 1.5/CEU 1.5

This course meets the standards for 1.5 hours of continuing education by most state physical therapy boards. Please contact your state board for details on their specific requirements. We provide all necessary paperwork for review.

Applying Science to Practice is approved by AC Training and Seminars, California Approval Provider for Physical Therapists. Approval #103 for 0.15 CEU (1.5 Hours)

The Science PT (BOC AP#: P3211) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 1.5 EBP hours/CEU.


$45 (USD)

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