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Designing exercise and muscle strengthening videos to increase physical therapy compliance and effectiveness in non-operative pediatric orthopedic patients


This project set out to create a series of short narrated videos displaying proper stretching and strengthening techniques for the treatment of non-operative muscular complaints in pediatric patients. Three headings of disorder were addressed: core strengthening, patellofemoral pain, and shoulder injury. Within each of these categories, a number of short videos were produced using several actors demonstrating correct technique. Narration was then added to describe what was occurring onscreen and prevent incorrect form. A total of 32 videos were produced and made available for free on the Rady Children's Hospital 360 Sports Medicine website ( for easy access by physicians, physical therapists, patients and their parents.

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