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Shoulder masterclass

Methods and strategies for shoulder assessment, therapy and exercises management

A lot of shoulder courses focus their practical interventions to common perspective of overhead athletes' research. Nevertheless, a lot of these research is developed in non-European popular sports such like baseball for example. This course offers new paradigms why shoulders get injured and what’s the best therapy according to the identification of the key problems. In this course you learn the importance of the subscapular muscle and its role in the overhead athletes injury and recovery. 
Moreover, it's going to be told the program that followed the Olympic gold medalist Sharon Van der Rouwendaal to recover her injured shoulder with 6-weeks of intervention. 
Goal of the course: After completing this course you will be able to:
  • Improve scientific and empirical knowledge about new trends in shoulder physiotherapy.
  • Recognize focus points to prevent athletes shoulder injury.
  • Improve knowledge about shoulders’ biomechanics and pathology in overhead athletes.
  • Improve critical thinking skills related to the application of the evidence base in shoulder injury management
  • Learn and practice how to assess athletes shoulder with reliable and valid methods.
  • Determine which are the main muscles to include in the exercise program attending the results of the assessment.
  • Understand the specificity of different exercises programs to prevent or rehab the shoulder.
  • Design individualized and original prevention programs.
  • Practice and improve different massage therapies on the shoulder.
This is an 60% hand on course and 40% evidence based background.

Method​ ​of​ ​Instruction:
This course is a mix of hands on practical, lecture and discussion. The lecture format is designed to encourage discussion and critique of the research in the area of shoulder injury. Case studies are used to allow participants to apply the concepts introduced in the lecture.

Day 1: Background and manual therapy.

A. Course overview (9:00-11:00)

  • Evidence based background about shoulders’ biomechanics and pathology in sport

B. Shoulder biomechanics in different overhead sports (11:00-13:00)

  • Not all overhead athletes have the same shoulders’ pathogenesis: Why shoulders get injured?
  • Which are the reported indicator of a shoulder potential injury?

C. New trends on Sport physiotherapy (14:00-17:00)

  • Non-invasive therapies to save the athletes from surgery: Glenohumeral maneuvers.
  • Massage therapy in overhead athletes: Key points for massage therapy in all upper limbs motors, included scapular muscles.


Day 2: New trends on shoulder assessing methods.

A. Current shoulder tests: Are all reliable and valid? (9:00-11:00)

  • Practical session about current shoulder test: pros and cons.

B. Recognizing focus points to prevent athletes shoulder injury (12:00-13:00)

C. Assessing athletes shoulder with reliable and valid methods: practical session (14:00-17:00)

  • The use of mobile Apps to assess athletes’ shoulders.
  • Assessing glenohumeral rotation range of movement: Are valid all the tests?


Day 3: Programming for prevention- and injury exercises.

A. Determine which are the main muscles to include in each specific exercise program (9:00-11:00)

  • This important section will introduce to the participant to the various training program and components of shoulder injury exercise programs. The specificity of each injury and adapted exercise will be explored. Injury case studies will be shown to demonstrate how shoulder joints biomechanics can be manipulated to address common shoulder injuries.

B. Basis of training progression to program the exercise (11:00-13:00).

  • All exercise program has to be based on the strength training theory. This session will be addressed to improve knowledge about the management of training load to program the exercise across the season.

C.Know different specific exercise prevention programs (14:00-15:00).

  • Practitioners will discover new trends on exercise programs and exercises purposes.

D. Practicing different exercises to realize the technical requirements and main key point for show to the athlete. How to use new equipment for prevention exercise programs (15:00-16:30).

E. Closing, conclusions and messages to take home (16:30- 17:00)



Location of the course: HumanMotion BV

Klaaskampen 19C
1251KN Laren


Recommendations to stay during the course:



Less than 300 meters from our office we have a nice Bed&Breakfast called: Het Hof van Laren.
For more information go to: 

Hotel de Witte Bergen in Eemnes is for some courses HumanMotion does in the Netherlands; it is 5 minutes away (by car) from our office.

Amsterdam, is only 35 kilometres from the hotel. Amersfoort and Utrecht are only 20 kilometres away. The airport is 48 kilometers from the hotel.


From the Airport / Amsterdam city center.
We advise to travel by train from Schiphol airport to Hilversum and get a taxi from the trainstation Hilversum to Klaaskampen 19C. Total cost would be around: (1 way) € 10,00 for the train from Schiphol to Hilversum and approximately € 22,50 for the taxi from train station Hilversum to our location (all prices are estimated prices)

the phone number to make a taxi reservation is: +31 35 531 8080 (taxi Eemnes) Mostly there are also taxi’s on the station as well you can ask them for their rates.

You can by your train ticket at the train stations


Dr. Mònica Solana

Dr. Mònica Solana-Tramunt

Physical therapist specializing in Sports and Osteopathic Manual Therapy.
Lic. Science in physical activity and sport.

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Dr. Mònica Solana-Tramunt

Physical therapist specializing in Sports and Osteopathic Manual Therapy.
Lic. Science in physical activity and sport.

Academic Training received:
• Grade in Physiotherapy by the UAB University, Barcelona in 1992-1995.
• Post Grade in Sport Physiotherapy by the UAB University, Barcelona, 1996-1997.
• Post Grade in Osteopathy by the UAB University, Barcelona, 1993-1998.
• Grade in Science of Sport by University of Barcelona, UB, 1997-2001.
• PhD. On Science of Sport by the Ramon Llull University, 2011

Current professional situation:
• Associate Professor in Science of Sport, Blanquerna Faculty of Psychology, Education Sciences and Sport, Department of Science of Physical Activity and Sport. Start date: 02/09/2002
• Head Physiotherapist of the Spanish swimming federation (Olympic team).

Current professional activity:
1. Lecturer in the Official Master on Training, Physical Activity and Health (Ramon Llull University, Barcelona).
2. Lecturer in the Official Master on Rehabilitation and Return to play in sport (Universidad Catholica de Valencia, Valencia).
3. Lecturer in the Grade of Science of Sport, teaching Applied Anatomy and sports Biomechanics since 2002.
4. Head Physiotherapist of the Spanish swimming federation (Olympic team) since 1995.

Positions held before current job: 
• Physiotherapist of the Olympic team of the Olympic Games of Rio de Janeiro 2016
• Physiotherapist of the Olympic team during the London 2012 Olympic Games
• Physiotherapist of the Olympic team during the Olympics of Athens 2004
• Physiotherapist of the Olympic team during the Sydney Olympic Games 2000
• Coordinator of the Physical Therapy Post-Graduation Course 2005-2007.
• Physiotherapist of the Canoeing Spanish Olympic team 2004-2008.
• Physiotherapist of the Spanish senior and Olympic mountain biking team
• Strength & Conditioning of the TV program 'CIM' 2000.
• Physiotherapist with 24 hours of Montmeló. Yamaha motor Spain 20/06/1997
• Physiotherapist of the Conde de Godó tennis Trophy 1997
• Physiotherapist of the Catalan basketball team 1993-1994.


Price€ 825,00
Including syllabus. A lunch is served.
Reception Date(s)22-09-2018 at 08:30
23-09-2018 at 08:30
24-09-2018 at 08:30
Start time(s)22-09-2018 at 09:00
23-09-2018 at 09:00
24-09-2018 at 09:00
Ending time(s)22-09-2018 at 17:00
23-09-2018 at 17:00
24-09-2018 at 17:00
LocationLaren (Nh)
Speaker(s)Dr. Mònica Solana
DidactTheory and Practice
Terms and conditionsTerms and conditions
LeadJ. Smeenge
Contact Hours20
Min-max participants14-26
Duration3 day(s)