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Joint Operational Deployment Course


Joint Operational Deployment Course for Physical Therapists (#6H-AO632)


This course is designed to teach active and reserve component physical therapists (PTs) from the Army, Navy, Air Force and US Public Health Service about their roles and responsibilities while deployed for combat operations and support/ sustainment operations. The purpose of this course is derived from the principle of "Sports Medicine on the Battlefield� operational readiness through injury prevention and early intervention" developed at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. The concepts for managing injured elite athletes and returning them to the playing field as quickly and safely as possible shares the same common goal of returning injured soldiers to their units in garrison or combat. This course provides military PTs an opportunity to develop core-advanced competencies in orthopaedic triage and management of acute musculoskeletal and neurological injuries while deployed. These same evidence-based competencies are used to return injured soldiers "tactical athletes" to a high level of military technical and tactical readiness. This course also brings participants to an advanced level of understanding in general medicine topics (triage, differential diagnosis, and orthopedics) and methods of tracking procedures and patient outcomes. This course is mandatory for all active component Army 65Bs on PROFIS status and recommended for all Army reserve component 65Bs. Due to the ongoing changes in military strategy and the need to continually update this course, participants will be allowed to apply and attend the course more than once. However, selected participants must wait a minimum of 3 years before again attending the course.


  • Provide overview of deployed PTs in past and on-going operations.
  • Provide overview of joint doctrine for operational assignments.
  • Provide latest update on competencies needed to perform orthopaedic triage.
  • Provide latest update on competencies needed to evaluate and manage musculoskeletal and neurological injuries while deployed.
  • Provide latest update on competencies needed to evaluate and manage burns and open wounds while deployed.
  • Provide latest update on management of acute orthopaedic/sports medicine injuries
  • Provide latest update on necessary manual therapy skill set for deployments.
  • Provide methods of assessing practice outcomes, to include standardized software templates.


Attendees will be licensed active or reserve component physical therapists. Active or reserve component applicants who are projected to deploy within the next 12-18 months will be given priority seating. ROTC and direct accessions and those rotating to OCONUS also have priority seating.


5 Days (Excluding travel time)


2013 dates TBD

Point of Contact

LTC Mark Thelen; 210-221-6457