Ellen Spake Lecture Series: November Edition, Sponsored by Empower Physical Therapy & Performance

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Sedgwick Lobby + Room A/B

The Rockhurst University Physical Therapy Advisory Board invites you to our next Ellen Spake Lecture Series, sponsored by Empower Physical Therapy & Performance, this fall!

5:30 p.m. Join the Rockhurst Physical Therapy Advisory Board for a reception and networking hour prior to the lecture. Drinks and light appetizers will be provided.

6:30 p.m. Lecture: "Physical Therapy in Professional Sports - The In's and Out's" by Christopher Wolbert, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Event Price: $10/person for healthcare providers, alumni, and friends. All are welcome! Free for students. Please use the RSVP that is appropriate for you.

Healthcare Providers/Alumni/Friends: Register Here!

Students: Register Here! 

Lecture topic: This presentation will introduce and educate those about the setting of physical therapy in the professional sports world. The idea is to cover a multitude of topics ranging from what it's like to work in such a setting to the challenges that separate the sports setting from a clinical environment to some ideas of what it would take to achieve a position in sport.

Christopher Wolbert, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Christopher Wolbert is the Director of Rehabilitation for Sporting Kansas City of MLS in Kansas City, Kansas. He obtained his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2014, from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI and in 2015 he completed a Sports Physical Therapy residency with Physical Therapy Services in East Tennessee. He obtained his Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS) designation and also holds his Strength & Conditioning (CSCS) certification from the National Strength & Conditioning Association. This has been his 8th season with Sporting Kansas City. He utilizes various manual techniques and functional based movement philosophies when developing rehabilitation and sport performance strategies. He prides himself on providing evidence based and outcome driven care for his athletes. His particular personal interests include sports injuries across all age groups ranging from overuse injuries to post-concussion management and post-surgical care and rehabilitation.

History of the Ellen Spake Lecture Series:

Ellen Spake, PT, Ph. D. was one of the co-founders of the Physical Therapy Education Department at Rockhurst in 1983. For 20 years, from 1983 until 2003, she served as the Chair of the Physical Therapy Education Program. Her vision and leadership skills led the department in the curricular evolution from a bachelor’s degree, through a master’s program and to the present Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Subsequently, Dr. Spake served as the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and finally as Assistant to the President with the primary responsibility of directing the Office of Mission and Ministry.  She retired from Rockhurst in 2018. 

The first Ellen Spake Lecture Series was launched in 2015 in honor of Dr. Spake's legacy of leadership and excellence at Rockhurst.

The Rockhurst University Physical Therapy Advisory Board has begun fundraising for a new scholarship and looks forward to it supporting one or more DPT students in the future. Once the scholarship is fully endowed at $50,000, it will be awarded annually with the ability of renewal. All sponsorships and donations for this year’s Ellen Spake Lecture Series will benefit the Rockhurst University Physical Therapy Advisory Board Scholarship Fund. 

Questions? Please reach out to Marcie Swift, Director, Seelos Simulation Center and Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the Physical Therapy Program