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The Overhead Athlete: A Comprehensive Treatment Approach

Course Description

Overhead athletes of all ages are capable of accelerating their upper extremity to speeds that routinely exceed 7000 degrees/second.  The role of and interaction between the joints, tissues, and segments involved in this process is very complex, but often results in injuries to the shoulder and elbow.         

This course will examine common areas of dysfunction in the overhead athlete in the context of an understandable biomechanical framework that addresses the entire kinetic chain.  Treatment approaches will emerge from an enhanced understanding of this framework and will be discussed in terms manual techniques and appropriate treatment progression.  Clarification and reinforcement of course objectives will be provided through 50% lecture/discussion, visual aids (pictures/video), case examples, demonstration, and lab. 

Instructors

Primary Instructor

Nathan Whitney PT, DPT, OCS
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Course Schedule

January 20-21, 2018 - Detroit, MI
March 24-25, 2018 - VA Beach, VA
June 23-24, 2018 - Dallas, TX
August 25-26, 2018 - Chicago, IL
September 29-30, 2018 - Newark, NJ
October 27-28, 2018 - Cleveland, OH
 

Course Objectives

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize 3 biomechanical characteristics that contribute to increased injury risk in the arm of the overhead athlete.
  • Given a mechanical fault in the performance of the overhead sports movement, provide 2 biomechanical contributors to the mechanical fault. 
  • Recognize 3 sociocultural factors that contribute to the development of chronic/overuse injuries in the overhead athlete
  • Identify 3 postural characteristics common in the presentation of the overhead athlete.
  • Given a specific joint/tissue dysfunction, provide 2 biomechanical contributors and 2 biomechanical consequences for the respective sport. 
  • Define the role of 3 different core muscles in the transfer of energy from the lower extremity to the upper extremity.
  • Define the role of 3 different scapular muscles in the transfer of energy from the trunk to the arm.
  • Correctly identify and perform mobilization/release of 3 scapular muscles.
  • Correctly identify and perform mobilization/release of 3 trunk and/or hip muscles.
  • Properly execute a functional strength assessment of upper extremity, lower extremity and trunk.
  • Identify a dysfunctional movement pattern during functional movement assessment.
  • Develop 2 motor retraining exercises that addresses dysfunctional movements identified during your movement/manual assessment.
  • Develop 2 dynamic exercises that would reinforce motor retraining

Course Outline

Saturday 
7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00am

Lecture: Introduction, normal and abnormal biomechanics of the throwing motion, common dysfunctions in overhead athletes, regional interdependence, mobilizations, MFR

10:15am Lecture:  non-throwing overhead sport considerations, treatment progression, functional assessment of the trunk, hips, and scapula, anatomy review
12:00pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00pm Lab: MFR and mobilizations for the trunk and hips
3:15pm Lab: Motor retraining exercises for the trunk and hips
4:00pm Lab: MFR and mobilizations for the cervical/thoracic spine
5:00pm Review of Evidence-Based Literature for today’s topics
5:30pm Adjourn
Sunday 
7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00am

Review and discussion of considerations for youth sports

8:30am Lab: MFR and mobilizations for the upper quarter
10:15am Lab: Motor retraining exercises for the upper quarter
11:00am Lab: Functional assessment of the scapula
12:00pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00pm Lab: Dynamic exercises for the upper extremity and scapula
2:00pm Lab: Dynamic exercises for the trunk and hips
3:00pm Functional assessment of the trunk and hips
4:00pm Case Study and Speed mobilization review
4:30pm Review of Evidence-Based Literature for today’s topics
5:00pm Adjourn​

Course Brochure & Registration Form

There are no locations currently scheduled for this course. Please contact us if you have questions or would like to host a private course.

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