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Examination and Treatment of Shoulder Injury in the Overhead Athlete

Why take this Continuing Education Course?

This two-day advanced course will provide the clinician with the most recent evidence-based practice guidelines when treating overhead athletes from youth to adult. With an increase in early sports specialization, this course will highlight the risks and benefits of early sport specialization in pediatrics and how care differs from the skeletally mature adult. Participants will receive the latest research on Tommy John repairs for UCL tears, shoulder labral pathologies and pediatric diagnoses that are seen in the overhead athletes.

This course will focus on the science and art behind performing a comprehensive evaluation and creating a well-rounded, complete plan of care for the overhead athlete. Over 40% of the class covers hands-on techniques with lab session where clinicians are practicing evaluation skills, manual skills and advanced therapeutic exercises and activities that can be utilized the next day in clinics with your athletes. A special focus will be on getting overhead athletes back into the game safely with utilizing video throwing analysis and evidence-based return to play protocols along with how to properly bill for these specialty measures. With the growing changes in the health care coverage, the overall course objective is to equip the participants with the most up to date evidence to improve overhead athletes’ outcomes quicker. A comprehensive course packet will include pictures, references and clinical pearls for quick reference in the clinic.

This course is applicable PT’s, PTA’s, AT’s, and OT’s to optimize their knowledge and skills when treating shoulder injuries. Techniques presented will enable the clinician to be better qualified to provide the best outcomes in a value-based medical system.


Physical therapy and Occupational Therapy Continuing Education Courses
  • Identify the changes in injury incidence and the associated risks in sports for the overhead athlete.
  • Identify common overhead athlete diagnoses and their signs and symptoms.
  • Perform an evidence based upper extremity evaluation.
  • Discuss the literature behind manual therapy techniques as a treatment for the overhead athlete.
  • Perform soft tissue mobility and joint mobilization techniques for the upper extremity with emphasis on the overhead athlete.
  • Explain the role of the lower extremities in the overhead athlete.
  • Discuss and apply the literature behind therapeutic exercises and their progression for the overhead athlete.
  • Identify and discuss proper billing for the current evidence-based exercises and therapeutic activities for return to play criterion for the overhead athlete.
  • Discuss optimal throwing mechanics and apply this understanding to treating overhead athletes.
  • Discuss current literature on performance enhancement protocol for the overhead athlete.
  • Develop a systematic approach to setting up a thrower’s clinic to improve functional outcomes, diminish injuries and decrease readmission for poor compliance.
  • Identify key terminology and practices to optimize reimbursable time.
  • Instructor name

    Eric Bellm, PT, DPT, OCS

    I want to help therapists get their patient athletes back to their optimal form as quickly as possible withing the framework of value based healthcare.
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    PT OT Continuing Education Courses, Dates & Locations

    All courses are pre-approved by the state licensing boards for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and athletic trainers for license renewal in the state the course is offered.

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    State Continuing Education Course Approvals

    All courses are pre-approved by the state licensing boards for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and athletic trainers for license renewal in the state the course is offered.

    North American Seminars, Inc. is an AOTA provider for continuing education. Provider number 4487. Please download the specific course brochure for the AOTA classification and allotted AOTA hours. The AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products or clinical procedures.

    Courses provided by AOTA providers are accepted by NBCOT. 1 hour = 1.25 PDU.

    North American Seminars, Inc. (BOC provider P2047) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for the maximum stated hours of Category A hours/CEUs. Call for evidence-based status. Athletic Trainers should claim only those hours actually spent in the education program.

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    Online Continuing Education Course Resource For This Course

    PT PTA OT Online Continuing Education Course

    Biomechanics of the Shoulder

    Price when purchased with registration: $ 145.00

    Delivery: Online (if DVD - delivered to course site)

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