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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)



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