The SHOULDER: from Anatomy & Kinesiology Foundations to Clinical Evaluation & Treatment Solutions

Dates 27-28-29 November 2018
Max participants 38
Location Via Cristoforo Colombo, 112 - Rome, Italy
Certificate / Credits 20 (8 + 12) ECM
Type of course Theoretical & Practical
Course features
Research & Evidence Based
Theoretical foundation
Hands-on/practical sessions
3 days of high quality learning content
Course in English with translation in Italian
Medical Doctors, Physical Therapists, medicine & physiotherapy students and professionals equivalent to PT’s can register for this course
P.T., Ph.D., F.A.P.T.A., Professor at Marquette University (USA)
Donald Neumann has received multiple national awards that have recognized his teaching, writing, and research...
MCSP - MSc Clinical Physiotherapy Specialist, Liverpool Upper Limb Unit, UK
Jo Gibson has lectured nationally and internationally on rehabilitation of the shoulder since...
Course program
  • 9:00AM - 9:30AM

    Participant registration

  • 9:30AM - 11:00AM

    Essential Arthrology of the Shoulder: Part 1

  • 11:00AM – 11:15AM


  • 11:15AM – 1:00PM

    Essential Arthrology of the Shoulder: Part 2 - Seven Kinematic Principles of Shoulder Abduction

  • 1:00PM – 2:00PM


  • 2:00PM - 3:45PM

    Muscle and Joint Interaction Across the Entire Shoulder: Part 1

  • 3:45PM – 4:00PM


  • 4:00PM - 6:15PM

    Muscle and Joint Interaction Across the Entire Shoulder: Part 2

  • 6:15PM - 6:30PM

    Q and A - Finish

  • 08:45AM - 09:15AM

    Lecture: Dynamic stability of the shoulder - An introduction

  • 09:15AM - 10:00AM

    Practical: Assessing the cuff as a prime mover

  • 10:00AM - 10:30AM

    Lecture: The case for Improvement Tests – can I change it?
    An easy way to Inform exercise prescription

  • 10:30AM - 10:45AM


  • 10:45AM - 11:15AM

    Practical: Improvement Tests - applying the principles

  • 11:15AM - 11:45AM

    Practical: Improvement Tests - informing exercise prescription

  • 11:45AM - 12:15PM

    Practical: Rotator cuff - Weak or inhibited?

  • 12:15PM - 12:45PM

    Lecture: The Role of the kinetic chain – in performance and injury

  • 12:45PM - 1:45PM


  • 1:45PM - 2:15PM

    Practical: Assessment of the kinetic chain

  • 2:15PM - 2:45PM

    Practical: Integrating the kinetic chain

  • 2:45PM - 3:00PM

    Practical: Movement correction – reeducating efficient movement

  • 3:00PM - 3:30PM

    Lecture: Strength versus movement – what does the evidence say?

  • 3:30PM - 3:45PM


  • 3:45PM - 4:15PM

    Practical: Adding Load

  • 4:15PM - 5:00PM

    Lecture: Is it stiff?

  • 5:00PM - 5:45PM

    Practical: Assessing stiffness

  • 5:45PM


  • 08:30AM - 09:15AM

    Practical: Treatment options for the stiff shoulder

  • 09:15AM - 09:45AM

    Lecture: The Irritable Shoulder

  • 09:45AM - 10:00AM

    Workshop: Treatment options for reactive tendinopathy

  • 10:00AM - 10:45AM


  • 10:45AM - 11:30AM

    Practical: Treatment options for the irritable shoulder

  • 11:30AM - 12:00PM

    Lecture: the role of the cervical spine and manual therapy

  • 12:00PM - 12:30PM

    Practical: The Cervical spine

  • 12:30PM - 1:00PM

    Practical: Incorporating the cervical spine in shoulder exercises

  • 1:00PM - 2:00PM


  • 2:00PM - 2:45PM

    Practical: The Thoracic spine

  • 2:45PM - 3:00PM

    Lecture: ACJ – considering pathology

  • 3:00PM - 3:30PM

    Practical: Addressing ACJ stiffness

  • 3:30PM - 3:45PM


  • 3:45PM - 4:15PM

    Practical: How does ACJ involvement influence exercise prescription?

  • 4:15PM - 4:45PM

    Lecture/Discussion: Case example - putting it all together

  • 4:45PM - 5:00PM


  • 5:00PM

    End of course

Course Description and content

This multi-day course is structured in 2 parts:

Part I is presented by Prof. Dr. Donald A. Neumann, physiotherapist, author, scholar, and teacher. Prof. Dr. Neumann provides the foundations of muscle-and-joint kinesiology of the shoulder, based primarily from his international bestselling Kinesiology textbook: Neumann DA: Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal System: Foundations for Physical Rehabilitation, 3rd edition (Elsevier 2017 - translated in 7 languages).

Part II is presented by Mrs. Jo Gibson, physiotherapist, author and lecturer who will present a simple approach to assessment and management of shoulder pathology that is immediately applicable in your clinic.

These unique combinations of top notch international instructors provide a wide range of basic science and clinical information, from detailed joint structure, muscle function, to the latest in assessment and rehabilitation approaches to the shoulder, involving multiple pathologies.

The evidence-based anatomic and kinesiologic principles discussed in this course will provide a foundation for a wide range of clinical practices through the demonstration of assessment and treatment techniques, from pediatrics to geriatrics, from both neurologic and orthopaedic perspectives.

Part I (theoretical foundations) - Prof. Dr. Neumann

Prof. Dr. Neumann’s part of the course is presented through lecture and demonstration, enhanced by videos of joint fluoroscopy as well as videos and images of persons with specific or global muscle weakness or poor neuromuscular control of the shoulder.  In addition, the presentation will show cadaver images, unique teaching models, and many original anatomic and kinesiologic illustrations. The illustrations clearly describe the anatomic and mechanical basis for ideal and abnormal movement and posturing of the shoulder complex.  In addition, Dr. Neumann will describe examples of how the shoulder is able to help control movement throughout the upper extremity while in a weight-bearing position.

After Dr. Neumann’s session, participants shall be able to:

  1. Describe the detailed structural and functional relationships of the joints of the shoulder complex;
  2. Describe the general structure and function of the elbow and forearm joints;
  3. Cite the muscular derive and normal muscular synergies that operate in the healthy shoulder;
  4. Describe how the shoulder operates to achieve maximal reach of the upper limb as well as a source of weight bearing stability throughout the upper limb;
  5. Explain the pathokinesiologic mechanics behind several orthopedic and neurologic conditions of proximal and mid upper extremity;
  6. Incorporate kinesiological principles to guide evaluation and treatment choices for neuro-musculoskeletal and orthopaedic pathological conditions involving the shoulder.

Part II (practical/hands-on) - Mrs. Jo Gibson

This practical session of the course, following the theoretical foundations provided by Prof. Dr. Neumann’s 1 day and a half presentation, will consider the current evidence base regarding dynamic stability of the shoulder complex and how it impacts assessment and management. Simple assessment strategies will enable participants to design effective treatment interventions, which reflect the functional needs of patients. It will provide participants with a simple and structured approach to the management of the shoulder complex and common pathologies, which they can immediately use in their clinics. This mostly hands-on session of the course will be delivered by short lectures and practical demonstrations and workshops.

After Mrs. Gibson’s session, participants shall be able to:

  1. present the current literature regarding dynamic stability of the shoulder complex and explore the application to clinical assessment and treatment;
  2. present the current literature regarding the pathophysiology of common shoulder conditions and describe the impact on the dynamic stabilisers;
  3. demonstrate key assessment tools to explore function of the dynamic stabilisers of the shoulder as a basis for treatment planning;
  4. demonstrate key treatment approaches based on the current evidence to address movement dysfunction in the shoulder complex.

Registration fee

REGISTRATION for the course:

  • Registration fee (early booking)* € 677,00 - until September, 15th 2020
  • Registration fee € 727,00 - starting from September, 16th 2020
  • -10% for members of our partners

*The aforementioned promo cannot be combined with the other ongoing discounts such as:
"10% discount fee for members of PARTNERS’ organizations”