Upper Quarter Sports: Prevention to Performance


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This is an advanced course designed to provide clinicians the ability to actively review current updates in literature relative to shoulder and upper quarter biomechanics, rehabilitation techniques, efficacy of treatment options, functional outcome measures and return to work and sport progressions.   Each participant should have previously successfully completed an upper quarter course relative to anatomy, biomechanics, pathomechanics, evaluation, differential diagnosis and treatment options.  This course will review the science of evidence based upper quarter rehabilitation including functional anatomy review, biomechanics, evidence based exercises, functional rehabilitation, outcome measures, and throwing programs for return to sports.  The participants will become efficient and confident in performing an upper quarter screen to determine impairments, differential diagnosis, identify faulty scapulothoracic mechanics contributing to common injuries, faulty movement/throwing patterns and how to correct for injury prevention and improved performance.  Upon completion of this course, clinicians should be able to clinically reason how best to progress your patients based on tissue healing and physiological adaptation, and be able to integrate the principles of injury prevention & sports performance programs to fully rehabilitate their patients and clients for return to higher function, life, work and sport.


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

Instructional Level: Intermediate to Advanced

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

Course Completion Requirements: must attend entire 2-day course, complete the post-course survey and post-course learner assessment

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CEU Approval Information

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16 Hour Course

16 CCUs awarded through ProCert

16 CEUs will be offered for Certified Athletic Trainers

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Course Objectives

Gain a better understanding and knowledge as to the science and art of upper quarter based on physiological healing & progression, and techniques to prevent injury and improve rehabilitation outcomes.

Identify signs and causes of core & scapular insufficiency and the influence on kinetic chain breakdowns which contribute to common upper quarter injuries and reduced athletic performance.Prioritize the patient’s problem list/impairments for appropriate periodized therapy treatments and progression of exercise prescription as well as taping techniques for stability, injury prevention, function and performance (throwing, overhead serving, etc).

Create a return to sport specific throwing program that is evidence based and safe for return to softball, baseball and football.Create a return to sport specific overhead activity program that is evidence based and safe for return to work and sport (volleyball, tennis & swimming).

Develop and implement injury prevention and sports performance principles into the therapy program to fully rehabilitate your patient/client for return to full function and sport.

Review literature relative to Upper Extremity functional tests and gain the knowledge and confidence to incorporate the tests into daily practice for improved functional outcomes with your patients.

Interpret upper extremity functional outcome tests for determining if a patient is ready for return to sports and/or discharge from rehabilitation.


Saturday Agenda

Time                  Topic

8:00–8:30           Introduction & Course Overview
8:30–9:00           Functional UQ Rehab: The Science of PT
9:00 – 9:30         Shoulder Overview (Break Out the Markers!)
9:30–10:00         Biomechanics & Pathomechanics
10:00–10:15       Break
10:15–11:00       History & Physical: Evaluation and Special Tests
11:00–12:00       LAB:  Quick Screen, Evaluation, Palpation and Special Tests
12:00–1:00         Lunch
1:00–2:15           Treating the “Shoulder”: How Should We Do it?
2:15–2:30           Break
2:30–3:45           LAB: Manual Skills & Techniques
3:45–5:30           LAB: Exercises, Your Choice

Sunday Agenda

Time                  Topic

8:00–8:30           Review and Q&A
8:30–10:00         The Overhead Athlete
10:00– 10:15      Break
10:15–12:00       The Overhead Athlete cont’d
12:00–1:00         Lunch
1:00–2:30           Patient Cases: Treating “Common” Conditions
2:30-2:45            Break
2:45–4:30           LAB: Functional Upper Quarter Rehab
4:30–5:30           Wrap-Up, Q&A & Seminar Evaluation


Bill Johnson

Jarrad Matthews


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