Online Physical Therapy Courses

Course Instructor

DR. GEORGE J. DAVIES is an internationally known speaker who has presented hundreds of conferences throughout the world on sports physical therapy, athletic training, shoulder, knee, open and closed kinetic chain topics, orthopaedics, rehabilitation and Isokinetics. George has been a clinician, educator, speaker, researcher, author, editor and consultant for over 34 years. He has been involved in the clinical practice of sports physical therapy/athletic training since he was a student athletic trainer over 43 years ago. Dr. Davies has been involved in many research projects that have been presented at numerous national conferences and published in various journals. He has participated in hundreds of scientific conferences and workshops throughout the world in the last 30 years. He has published over 150 articles and research abstracts in various periodicals, has written several books, and has contributed chapters to over 30 books. George was the original co-founder and co-editor of The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. To honor Georges achievements, at the 25th anniversary of JOSPT, the JOSPT Sports Physical Therapy and Orthopaedic Sections honored George by creating the GEORGE J. DAVIES JAMES A. GOULD EXCELLENCE IN CLINICAL INQUIRY AWARD, awarded annually to the best clinical article published in JOSPT. He served as the President of the Sports Physical Therapy Section APTA from 1992-1998. He was the 1999 recipient of the Peyton Award to acknowledge and honor an outstanding member of the SPTS. It is the highest award offered by the Sports Physical Therapy Section for contributions to the sports physical therapy profession. George was the 1994 recipient of the American Physical Therapy Associations prestigious Baethke-Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching. He was the 2000 recipient of the Coulee Region Officials Association Distinguished Service Award for 25 years of volunteer service to the LaCrosse community in the area of athletics and sports medicine. George also won First Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association Outstanding Educator Award in 2002. He was the recipient of the coveted NATA Presidents Challenge Award, June 2007. This award is presented to one person every year for outstanding contributions that have a national impact or are of major and lasting importance. George was selected as a Fellow-American Physical Therapy Association (FAPTA), 2005 and also received the Hall of Fame Award Sports Physical Therapy Section APTA, 2006. Dr. Davies is presently a Professor of Physical Therapy at Armstrong Atlantic State University, Graduate Program in Physical Therapy, Savannah, Georgia.

A Master Clinicians Approach to Advanced Concepts in Examination and Treatment of the Shoulder Complex


This two-day advanced course provides an in-depth analysis of the scientific and clinical rationale for examination and treatment of selected shoulder complex conditions. Over one-third of this course involves hands-on lab sessions utilizing case studies, clinical reasoning and problem solving skills. A special focus will be on the algorithm-based examination format for the special tests of the shoulder. Updated evidence-based information on sensitivity/specificity and likelihood ratios of the tests will be thoroughly addressed. In addition, selected mobilization techniques, rhythmic stabilization, perturbation techniques, and open and closed chain exercises will be practiced in the laboratory sessions. Discussion of evidence-based rehabilitation will include the optimum exercises for rehabilitation of the shoulder complex, shoulder taping, proprioceptive/kinesthetic training techniques and the scientific basis for plyometrics. Emphasis will be placed on evidence-based practice incorporating the examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment intervention strategies and clinical outcome studies for patients with selected shoulder conditions.

Category: Advanced Shoulder Course, physical therapy continuing education course, occupational therapy continuing education course

Professional Attendance: This continuing medical education course is applicable for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists and athletic trainers.


  • Integrate an understanding of the basic concepts and principles of evidence-based practice into ones own clinical practice patterns.
  • Understand and utilize the resources available to research the current best practices.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of algorithm-based examination and evaluation of the shoulder complex.
  • Identify the key factors affecting clinical efficiency and accuracy when using an algorithm-based examination process.
  • Interpret and evaluate the examination findings using clinical reasoning skills to develop successful therapeutic intervention programs.
  • Describe the difference between adhesive capsulitis and shoulder selective hypomobility.
  • Develop an integrated evidence-based (when available) and empirically-based rehabilitation program for specific dysfunctions of the shoulder.
  • Classify the selected disorders of the shoulder discussed in the course.
  • Compare and contrast an understanding of the most recent advances in the examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment interventions and outcomes of selected shoulder disorders using evidence-based concepts.
  • Utilize current evidence-based clinical and scientific information to develop effective outcome evaluation measures.
  • Integrate interpretation of outcomes to impact future treatment models.

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    A Master Clinicians Approach to Advanced Concepts in Examination and Treatment of the Shoulder Complex





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    Oct 04, 14Oct 05, 14John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine

    Wilkes-Barre Township, PA


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    Oct 18, 14Oct 19, 14DeKalb Medical Center

    Decatur, GA


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    Oct 25, 14Oct 26, 14St. Anthony's Medical Center

    St. Louis, MO


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    Nov 01, 14Nov 02, 14Northwest Hospital and Medical Center

    Seattle, WA


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    Nov 15, 14Nov 16, 14Spaulding Framingham Outpatient Center

    Framingham, MA


    $595.0015.00View HotelsRegister

    All courses are pre-approved by the state licensing boards for physical therapist and occupational therapist license renewal in the state the course is offered. For additional inquiry regarding approval in a particular state contact us



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