TOA: Treating the Overhead Athlete: Regional Interdependence and Beyond


Cutting-edge techniques, up-to-date evidence, and hands on learning in order to improve and develop the clinician’s ability to treat the overhead athlete from injury to performance. Utilizing evolving evidence and novel manual and exercise techniques from the sports world, clinicians will be taught the secrets to assessing and treating complex shoulder dysfunction. Clinicians will Integrate regional interdependence models with differential diagnosis to unlock the secrets of developing comprehensive strategies to return the most difficult overhead athletes to their sport.

  • Target Audience: PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs, ATs
  • Instructional Level: Intermediate
  • CEUs: 16 hours

Additional information


August 18-19, 2018…..Kansas City, MO, December 8-9, 2018……Atlanta, GA, June 9-10, 2018…..McKinney, TX, October 6-7, 2018…..Chattanooga, TN

Course Rationale

This course will provide participants with a relevant review of anatomy, biomechanics, incidence/prevalence, differential diagnoses, evaluation, and treatment of common injuries in the overhead athlete.  Throughout the course the participants will gain knowledge in evaluation and treatment of throwing/swimming related injuries, which will include manual therapy, neuromuscular reeducation, therapeutic exercise, patient education, and other interventions that are appropriate throughout the phases of rehabilitation.  Upon completing this course, participants will have a deeper understanding of overhead activity related injuries, regional interdependence, differential diagnosis, common treatments, and how to match manual therapy, neuromuscular reeducation, therapeutic exercise, and patient education, in order to maximize patient function and independence. This deeper understanding will allow the participant to more completely and fully assess and manage patients who are active in overhead activities and will benefit from manual therapy, neuromuscular reeducation, therapeutic exercise, patient education, and any other relevant interventions.  This course will provide participants with the working knowledge to be able to assess effectiveness of interventions through the use of the test – treat- re-test approach, this will allow participants to develop improved plans of care and exercise progressions for their patients with musculoskeletal complaints.

Course Objectives

  • Develop understanding of the biomechanics of the shoulder and common faults observed with athletes that utilize overhead motions.
  • Demonstrate clinical competency in examination techniques, clinical diagnoses, differential diagnosis, and development of a plan of care for the most common shoulder injuries sustained.
  • Develop clinical ability to create and design a comprehensive rehabilitation program for an injured overhead athlete using evidence-based methods.
  • Sufficiently screen for red flags, yellow flags, and other non-musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Develop ability to apply regional interdependence philosophy in assessing and treating the overhead athlete in order to develop comprehensive rehabilitation program.
  • Develop new manual skills to address complex shoulder dysfunctions and be able to integrate them immediately into clinical practice.
  • Gain understanding of and acquire novel exercise techniques that can be implemented into clinical practice.



Topic Time
Sign In, Breakfast 7:30-8:00
TOA Introduction 8:00-8:30
Anatomy & Biomechanics 8:30-9:15
Epidemiology & Risk Factors 9:15-10:00
Break 10:00-10:15
Kinetic Chain, Regional Interdependence 10:15-11:15
Subjective Examination 11:15-12:00
Lunch on your own 12:00-1:00
Orthopedic Examination 1:00-3:00
Break 3:00-3:15
Differential Diagnosis 3:15-4:15
Exercise and Program Design 4:15-5:00
Round Robin, Q&A, wrap-up 5:00-5:30



Topic Time
Sign In, Breakfast 7:30-8:00
Review Day 1 8:00-8:30
Baseball Specific 8:30-9:30
Tennis Specific 9:30-10:00
Swimming Specific 10:00-10:45
Break 10:45-11:00
Exercise & Program Design 11:00-1:00
Lunch on your own 1:00-2:00
Manual Interventions: HVLAT, STM, MET 2:00-3:00
Advanced Exercise 3:00-3:30
Break 3:30-3:45
Taping Interventions 3:45-4:30
Patient Case 4:30-5:00
Round Robin, Q&A, Closing 5:00-5:30




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