Foundation Exercises for the Treatment of the Shoulder

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Why should a physical therapist, occupational therapist or athletic trainer take this shoulder exercise continuing education course?

There are so many variables to consider when choosing individualized shoulder rehabilitation exercises. “foundational exercises” contribute to advanced shoulder treatment programs and are essential to any injury’s safe progression. Combining activities as plyometrics, open chain and closed kinetic chain activities with mobilizations will promote synergistic rebuilding of shoulder function.

Learn evidence-based “foundation” exercises to integrate into your shoulder treatment programs that optimize kinetic chain muscle activity for shoulder-related problems.

Rehab clinical tools instructed in this Shoulder Course to enhance your functional outcomes.

  • Components of the shoulder complex and specific muscles influence on the kinematic chain
  • Therapeutic exercises guidelines for developing rehabilitation programs for patients with various shoulder pathologies
  • Advanced exercises and selected manual therapy techniques

Specific instruction that will enhance your understanding and ability to deliver better patient care.

  • An algorithm based examination for the special tests of the shoulder is demonstrated as an efficient method to perform the tests in a minimal time
  • Techniques based on published research, demonstrating specific exercises that recruit muscles that help with dynamic stabilization of the glenohumeral joint
  • Evidence that supports the top “foundation” exercises presented in this course and their effectiveness in strengthening muscles, and improving functional outcomes
  • Measurement of shoulder treatment outcomes using closed-chain tests, open kinetic-chain tests, and throwing tests

Features unique to this shoulder rehabilitation and exercise CE course.

  • Research that these “foundation exercises” are effective in patients who have rotator cuff impingements and shoulder pain
  • Research supporting that these top 10 exercises helps reduce pain and increase functional activities
  • Evidence supporting that these “foundation exercises” work each link in the kinematic chain, and recruit the relevant muscles
  • Clinical pearls from a master clinician with forty years of clinical experience on shoulder evaluation and implementation of optimal, individualized shoulder treatment programs

Professional Accreditation

This is an intermediate level course applicable for PT, PTA, OT, AT. Physical Therapy Accreditation: For specific state information, use the accreditation verification menu and select your state of license. AOTA: provider #4487, Occupational therapy professional development activity: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery, evaluation and intervention, and Foundation Knowledge: human body, development, and behavior.

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Responsible CME® - Testimonials

I really learned a lot from this course. George Davies is an expert in his field and knows what he is talking about. I feel more confident going back to my workplace come Monday. I am grateful that my friend who attended Mr. Davies seminar shared to me how she learned so much from his course. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone seeking to improve their knowledge base and improve their skills. -- Mailyn, OT

Very well organized, scientifically based information resulting in a well structured program to evaluate and treat shoulder dysfunction. -- Craig, PT

Clear and concise advice, techniques, and tests that can be easily used in your daily treatments. -- Daniel, PT

Very excellent course. The instructor is excellent! -- Greselda, PT

George Davies is a master clinician and a great presenter. After seeing his live course 15 years ago, I aways turn back to him to refresh my knowledge of the very best approaches to shoulder examination, diagnosis and treatment. -- Luke, OT

Clear, concise and clinically relevant. -- Patrick, PT

A good CEU for entry level shoulder exercises and testing. -- Chad, PTA

A good course to take for entry level knowledge of the shoulder with exercise examples. -- Amanda, PTA

George Davies is a very good presenter with obvious knowledge and professional way of passing this knowledge on that is relevant for all levels of this profession -- Randall, PT

nice review of mobilization techniques -- Melissa, Physical Therapist

This course gave me some great tools to progress my shoulder patients in a safe and effective manner! -- Krista, PTA

This will help me with shoulder rehab on my patients. -- Joseph, PT

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Foundation Exercises for the Treatment of the Shoulder


  • CE Hours: 5.0 hrs, .5 CEU
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Learn from the Expert George Davies DPT, MEd, PT, SCS, ATC, LAT, CSCS, FAPTA, PES

Learn from the Expert George Davies DPT, MEd, PT, SCS, ATC, LAT, CSCS, FAPTA, PES

DR. GEORGE J. DAVIES is a clinician, educator, speaker, researcher, author, editor and consultant. He is an internationally known speaker who has presented hundreds of conferences throughout the world on sports medicine, sports physical therapy, athletic training, shoulder, knee, open and closed kinetic chain topics, orthopaedics, rehabilitation and Isokinetics.

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Course Objectives

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course the participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the value and importance of the “Top 10” shoulder exercises as the foundation for a rehabilitation program to work each link in the kinematic chain
  • Evaluate and interpret Advanced shoulder exercises that be incorporated after a solid foundation is established for selected patients
  • Analyze and apply the appropriate mobilization techniques for selective hypomobility conditions of the shoulder
  • Evaluate the examination techniques that are appropriate to be used for a patient based on the clusters of signs and symptoms and clinical reasoning
  • Synthesize the examination findings and organize the results into a treatment program to also be used for clinical outcomes
  • Properly perform a shoulder evaluation
  • Top Ten Foundation Exercises for the Treatment of the Shoulder

    Top Ten Foundation Exercises for the Treatment of the Shoulder

    Learn the Top Ten Exercises for Rehabilitation of the Shoulder

    • Upper trapezius (UT) (Top of scapula)
    • Lower trapezius (LT)(Bottom of scapula)
    • Protraction plus (Serratus Anterior)(SA)(Front of scapula)
    • Retraction Row (Middle Trapezius) (Rhomboids)(Back of scapula)
    • Flexion of GH joint (Anterior Deltoid, Coracobrachialis) (Front of GH joint)
    • ER and then Horizontal Extension of GH joint (Infraspinatus, teres minor, posterior deltoid) (Back of GH joint)
    • Rotator Cuff Internal Rotation (Subscapularis) (Front of RTC)(30/30/30 position)(30° of abduction, 30° to scaption, 30° of a diagonal movement pattern)
    • Rotator Cuff External Rotation (Infraspinatus, teres minor) (Back of RTC)(30/30/30 position)(30° of abduction, 30° to scaption, 30° of a diagonal movement pattern)
    • TAS-Biceps Curls (Front of arm)
    • Triceps Extensions (Back of arm)

    Learn to Integrate Advanced Exercises into your Shoulder Treatment Rehab Progarms

    Learn to Integrate Advanced Exercises into your Shoulder Treatment Rehab Progarms

    Detailed Instruction on each exercise

    • Plyometrics - Chest Press Exercises
    • Push Ups and Clap Pushups
    • Plyometric Drops - Prone Position for ER muscles
    • Open Kinetic Chain (OKC) Rhythmic Stabilizations ? Neutral position
    • Closed Kinetic Chain (CKC) - Unstable surface
    • CKC - Rhythmic Stabilization - Stable surface
    • OKC - Rhythmic Stabilization - Provocative Position
    • CKC - Rhythmic Stabilization - Unstable surface

    Expert Manual Therapy for the Shoulder Complex

    Expert Manual Therapy for the Shoulder Complex
    • Caudal glide - Explination - Clinical Pearls - Progession Time Frames
    • Posterior Glide - Neutral position with progression to IR - Clinical Pearls - Progession Time Frames
    • Anterior Medial Glide - Clinical Pearls - Progession Time Frames
    • Physiological Mobilizations - ER - Clinical Pearls - Progession Time Frames
    • Physiological Mobilizations - IR - Clinical Pearls - Progession Time Frames
    • Modified Sleeper Stretch (Izumi Stretch) - Clinical Pearls - Progession Time Frames

    Master the Evaluation Tests for the Shoulder

    Master the Evaluation Tests for the Shoulder
    • Instructions on the tests for the shoulder with patient sitting
    • Instructions on the tests for the shoulder with patient supine
    • Detailed instruction on each test

    Course Test - Evaluate your knowledge

    Course Test - Evaluate your knowledge
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    • Evaluate your knowledge with the course test on any device.
    • Print your state course certificate for CE credit.
    • Take the online test as many times as need in order to achieve a 70 % or greater score.