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Pharmacology in Sport

presented by Todd Arnold & Katie Whetstone

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How can the sports therapist effectively and safely manage sports medicine? This course by Dr. Todd Arnold provides a detailed overview of the body’s response to medication. Dr. Arnold first introduces the intimate relationship of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to athletic medicines and then explores how a drug interacts and passes through the athlete. Common athletic medicines are then explored in depth, including appropriate usage and management. Common athletic skin conditions are covered alongside important information on return to play guidelines and other legal considerations for medication management. Through this in depth course, Dr. Arnold will prepare the sports physical therapist to approach the effective management and understanding of athletic medicines through detailed course materials, dynamic graphics, and a question and answer session with physical therapist Dr. Katie Whetstone.

Meet Your Instructors

  • Todd Arnold, MD

    Dr. Todd Arnold is a primary care/sports performance physician with over a decade of experience caring for athletes of all levels from scholastic to professional. He serves as a sports performance scientist for USA Track and Field, and has worked extensively with over 50 athletes in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games, where the team won 29 medals. He has served as head team physician at both Division I and Division II colleges. Todd has extensive training through the Titleist Performance Institute in the biomechanics of the golf swing, golf fitness and health care related to the golfer, and is the co-creator of Prescription Golf & Fitness™. He sees patients daily and is committed to increasing the public’s awareness of concussions. Dr. Todd Arnold is a board certified sports medicine specialist. He is currently licensed to practice medicine in Indiana. He received training at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Poudre Valley Hospital, and the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

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  • Katie Whetstone, PT, DPT, SCS

    Dr. Whetstone is a graduate of the University of Evansville Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy. Dr. Whetstone completed her post-doctoral work with the University of Evansville/ProRehab, PC Sports Residency Program where she currently serves as a clinical mentor and is responsible for curriculum development. Dr. Whetstone is also an adjunct professor in the University of Evansville Physical Therapy Program. In the clinic, Dr. Whetstone specializes in the treatment of both traditional and recreational athletes at all levels. She is an expert in the clinical utilization of Functional Movement Systems such as the Selective Functional Movement Assessment, Functional Movement Screen, and Y-Balance Test. Her special interests include the application of injury prevention programs, the female athlete, and the clinical development of sports clinical experts.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics

    1. Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics

    In this first chapter, Todd Arnold, MD explores and explains the differences between pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. To do this, he provides a detailed example in the explanation of the inflammatory cascade through the example of arachidonic acid.

  2. Athletic Medicines

    2. Athletic Medicines

    What are the most common athletic medicines and how should these be managed? Dr. Arnold covers nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), acetaminophen, beta agonists, and corticosteroids in this in depth lecture designed to prepare you to assist athletes in managing medications.

  3. Athletic Skin Infections

    3. Athletic Skin Infections

    It is incredibly important for the sports therapist to know and understand treatments for skin infections frequently seen in athletes and the typical medications used. Another important component of this lecture covers when athletes can return to play and how legal considerations play a role in the management of athletic medicines.

  4. Q&A

    4. Q&A

    Join Dr. Todd Arnold and Dr. Katie Whetstone as they discuss common questions in pharmacology for the sports therapist. Dr. Arnold provides detailed answers and discussion on such questions as what medicine athletes should take for an acute injury.