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Assessment of the shoulder and kinetic chain

Methodology and devices for an objective, easy, non-expensive and reliable assessment 

This one day course is a theoretical and practical course about therapies and exercise program assessment.  The course emphasis is on the reliable and valid tests to assess strength, velocity, power, proprioception, range of motion and motor control in the shoulder and the core. The aim of this course is showing how to manage some devices and data to control the exercise progress for “return to play” after an injury.

Participants will perform the techniques to assess the shoulder and the core status and will acquire new methods to objectively control the patient progresses.

Course objectives:

  • Improve scientific and empirical knowledge about new trends in shoulder and core assessment in physiotherapy.
  • Recognize the main outputs to patients follow up, to prevent or assess patient’s injury.
  • Improve knowledge about reliability and validity of different measurement methods and devices.
  • Learn and practice how to assess patients range of movement, reaction time, proprioception, motor control and different kind of strength with reliable and valid methods.

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 patient’s assessment during rehabilitation process. Case studies are used to allow participants to apply the concepts introduced in the lecture.

Course overview:

  • Reliability and validity. Which devices or methods are the best to assess patients progress? (9:00-11:00)
  • Assessing range of motion, proprioception, reaction time and lumbopelvic motor control with reliable and valid devices (11:00-13:00)
  • Assessing strength, power and velocity with dynamometers and linear encoders (14:00-17:00)

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