RCS: Rotator Cuff Syndrome: Evidence based Applications for Primary and Secondary Impingement


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Designed to demonstrate innovative treatment planning in functional rehabilitation of the upper kinetic chain with evidence based interventions. Learn to assess and treat rotator cuff injuries with treatment strategies based on the latest research and literature. With hands on lab sessions you will return to your practice with new and practical skills that are immediately applicable for improved patient outcomes.

Target Audience: PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs, ATs

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructional Methods: Hands-on lab, lecture with Q&A, group discussion, patient cases, evidence review

Course Completion Requirements: must attend entire 1-day course, complete the post-course survey and post-course learner assessment

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8 Hour Course

7 CCUs awarded through ProCert

8 CEUs will be offered for Certified Athletic Trainers

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Course Rationale

This course will provide attendees with a relevant review of anatomy and physiology and how it relates to function of the upper extremity both in dysfunctional and optimal states.  Upon completing this course, participants will have a deeper understanding of how the rotator cuff works including mechanisms and contributions from other regions.  This deeper understanding will allow the participant to more completely and fully assess and manage patients with rotator cuff dysfunction.  This course will explore why scapular stabilization is so important to the upper kinetic chain including evaluating the evidence based positional recruitment of open and closed kinetic chain exercises, this will allow participants to develop improved plans of care and exercise progressions for their patients with shoulder dysfunction

Course Objectives

  • Define the components of function in the upper extremity
  • Describe the true function of the rotator cuff as the protective mechanism of the shoulder
  • Explain why scapular stabilization is the core of the upper kinetic chain
  • Evaluate the evidence based positional recruitment of open and closed kinetic chain exercises
  • Discuss the “missing link” in treating the geriatric shoulder
  • Provide updates on hands-on mobility skills focused to the upper extremity



Required Pre-Course Content: On-line presentation by Thomas Myers MD  of  Myers Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in  Atlanta Georgia.  Link will be emailed prior to the live course date.
     1. Shoulder Anatomy and Examination
     2. Operative Management of Rotator Cuff Lesions


Live Course Agenda

8:00-9:15 The Open Kinetic Chain Challenge and Scapula-Thoracic Stabilization
9:15-10:00 Lab One Manual Applications for the Scapula-Thoracic Mobility and Selective Exercises
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:00 Glenohumeral Articulation-Evidence Based Exercises for the Rotator Cuff
11:00-11:30 Treatment Guidelines for Primary Impingement
11:30-12:00 Lab Two Manual Mobility for the Glenohumeral Joint
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00- 2:15 Post-Operative Rehab of the Rotator Cuff (part-one)
2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-3:15 Post-Operative Rehab of the Rotator Cuff (part-two)
3:15-4:00 Treatment for Secondary Impingement including Instability
4:00-5:00 Lab Demonstration and Case Presentations for the Painful Shoulder


  • Required Pre-Course Content delivered by Dr. Tom Myers a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon with a sub-specialty in sports medicine.  He currently practices with Myers Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center and is founder and managing partner of Myers Surgical Solutions LLC.  Dr. Myers completed medical school training at John Hopkins Univeristy, completed a Harvard School of Medicine internship in general surgery at Masachusetts General Hospital, and completed a Harvard combined orthopaedic surgery residency program.  Dr. Myers is a fellow in orthopaedic trauma through the Harvard School of Medicine and is also a fellow in sports medicine through the American Sports Medicine Institute. Dr. Myers has a significant body of research and continues to publish in multiple peer reviewed journals, he also maintains an active teaching and presentation schedule across the country. Along with his professional accomplishments Dr. Myers also holds several patents on surgical equipment and procedures.


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