Engage 2021: Creating an Effective Pre-habilitation Program for ACL Injury

Q&A with Program Presenter Dr. Davis McAlister

Davis McAlister, DC, MEd, BS, BSA, is a clinic faculty doctor and lead doctor in the clinical sports performance program at Parker University. Dr. McAlister is currently the team chiropractor for the WNBA Dallas Wings and was also the chiropractor of the XFL Dallas Renegades prior to the pandemic. In addition, he is the girls powerlifting coach for a local Texas high school. Dr. McAlister will present “Creating an Effective Pre-habilitation Program for ACL Injury” at this year’s virtual Engage 2021 conference. Registrants can participate in this live session on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. ET.  Below, ACA Blogs asks Dr. McAlister what doctors can expect.How is the topic you are presenting relevant to today’s chiropractor? 

With chiropractors becoming more integrated into sports medicine, it is imperative that they are able to identify sports injuries, but more importantly, are able to assist in the prevention of noncontact injuries whenever possible. Chiropractors possess a knowledge of biomechanics that makes us a natural fit for sports injury prevention.

Can the information you will share help doctors better navigate these challenging times in some way? 

This information will provide another avenue for chiropractors in the field to serve the athletic community when practices and competitions are restricted. The athlete can work on technique and skills that will prepare them when times are more conducive to expanded play.

What practical knowledge or skills can attendees take away from your presentation and start using immediately in their practices? 

Practitioners will be able to develop an evidence-based pre-habilitation program using the basic components introduced in this program. The statistics shared will also adequately prepare chiropractors to converse with other sports professionals, coaches, and sports medicine providers on the incidences and preventative training measures for ACL knee.

How have you adapted professionally to practicing during the pandemic? Have you learned any lessons that you can share? 

We have adapted by establishing consistent protocols for screening and in-clinic patient interaction to provide a safe environment. One key factor throughout the shutdown in our area was maintaining consistent contact with my patients and offering telehealth options for physical therapy guidance.

Is there anything else about you or your presentation that you think would be of interest to our readers? 

I have been a high school strength and conditioning and powerlifting coach for about 15 years. After seeing many high school athletes sustain noncontact injuries over those years, he has made it his passion to find ways to prevent these injuries through exercise training and working with coaches.