Tendinopathy: Treatment and Repair Options (P22-3)



Learning Objectives:

  • Identify non-surgical treatment options for chronic patella tendinopathy.
  • Evaluate surgical and rehabilitation options for chronic patella tendinopathy.
  • Discuss current research on tendon adaptation in response to medical loading, specifically isometric training and time under tension principles.
  • Define what changes occur from adaptations for the material vs. morphological properties, as well as possible neurological benefits of isometric training.
  • Articulate isometric training options in the athletic training room (force frame / free weights / manual resistance).


  • Injury and Illness Prevention and Wellness Promotion
  • Examination, Assessment, and Diagnosis
  • Immediate and Emergency Care
  • Therapeutic Intervention

Target Audience:  AT, PT, OT, MD/DO, PhD/PsyD, RN

Difficulty Level: Mastery

Delivery Method: Virtual Asynchronous

CE Credit for Athletic Trainers Only: 1.5 Category A CEUs; all others receive a certificate of attendance.

Cancellation Policy: Cancel anytime and apply the payment to a future course.

ebpCENTRAL (BOC AP# 10138) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to athletic trainers.  This program is eligible for 1.5 Category A CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours spent in the educational program.

Faculty Members: 

Steven B. Cohen, MD

Dr. Cohen is a board certified sports medicine surgeon.  He is the head team physician to the Philadelphia Phillies and assistant team physician for the Philadelphia Flyers.  His other roles include orthopaedic consultant for Immaculata University and Neumann University in addition to Penncrest and Strath Haven High Schools. Dr. Cohen served as the medical director for the Philadelphia Marathon for 10 years.  He currently serves on the medical advisory board for Major League Baseball. He is a professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University and is the director of sports medicine research at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute.  He has published and presented research extensively both nationally and internationally and has been an editor of 8 sports medicine books.  In 2009, Dr. Cohen was named as a “rising star” by Philadelphia Magazine. Dr. Cohen is a native of Cherry Hill, NJ where he was a member of the top 5 nationally ranked, state championship Cherry Hill West baseball team and continued on to play collegiate baseball at Columbia University.  He received his medical degree from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Virginia.  He followed with a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, during which he worked closely with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and the University of Pittsburgh Athletic Program.

Aaron Hoback, ATC, CES, PES

Aaron Hoback joined the Philadelphia Phillies in 2019 as an assistant athletic trainer.  Prior to eing named to his current position, Aaron spent the previous 13 seasons in the Milwaukee Brewers organization after working as the athletic trainer with the Rookie Level Helena Brewers (2007-08), Low-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (2009), Double-A Huntsville Stars (2010-12), Triple-A Nashville Sounds (2012-14), Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox (2015-18), and Triple-A San Antonio Missions (2019).  Aaron graduated from Western Illinois University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology.  He served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the Wichita State baseball team in 2006 and also served as an intern athletic trainer with the St. Louis Cardinals (2004 & 2005) and the St. Louis Rams (2004).  He is certified as an Athletic Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist & Performance Enhancement Specialist (National Academy of Sports Medicine), Fascial Distortion Model (total body), Certified Kinesiotape Practitioner, Functional Range Release (UE), and Level 1 MovNat instructor.  Aaron was born in Springfield, Missouri and resides in Maryville, Illinois with his with Kathryn and son Wesley.


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