Washington, DC

Shoulder & Knee: Complex Understanding for Simple Solutions

September 22-23, 2018
Marymount University – Ballston Campus (Ballston Metro Stop)
Arlington, VA (Washington, DC Metro Area)

Intended Audience:

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Athletic Trainers, and students of those fields

Contact Hours 13/CEU 1.3

This course meets the standards for 13 hours of continuing education by most state physical therapy boards. Please contact your state board for details on their specific requirements.

The Science PT (BOC AP#: P3211) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 13 Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.


Erik Meira and Adam Meakins

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The Shoulder w/ Adam:

Do you want a way to manage shoulder problems that DOESN’T promise instant fixes, miracle cures, and magic treatments? Good because you won’t get any of those here! Instead you will get simple, practical, honest ideas and thoughts on how to deal with the common causes of shoulder pain.

This fast paced, info packed day is designed for ALL therapists who want a simplified, effective, and evidence based approach to painful shoulder assessment and treatment. It is designed to cut through the confusing and conflicting research and condense the many different methods of managing shoulders into one helpful package.

It will be informative, informal, and fun with plenty of helpful ideas and tips that you can put into practice immediately.

Shoulder Objectives:

  • Expose the myths and misconceptions around shoulder anatomy, biomechanics and pathology
  • Simplify your assessment and management of the commonly encountered shoulder issues
  • Explore the evidence on how best to assess and diagnose common shoulder issues
  • Examine how best to assess shoulder movement, muscle function, proprioception, and the kinetic chain
  • Evaluate shoulder rehab exercises and progressions with chances to practice and rehearse ideas

The Knee w/ Erik:

This day will explore the complexity of human movement and how it applies to the knee. Topics including patellar tendinopathies, ligamentous injuries, meniscal tears, and patellofemoral pain (PFP) will be discussed. There will also be extensive exploration of postoperative management and return to play strategies for common procedures such as anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) and meniscal repairs.

This complex content will be presented in a way that is simple to understand and even simpler to implement by focusing on key concepts in a hierarchical format.

Knee Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explore the current understanding of the mechanisms of injury in knee injuries
  • Perform a simple screen for athletes that may be at higher risk for knee injury or second injury
  • Describe the most effective programs for reducing the risk for lower extremity injuries
  • Focus on primary goals of postoperative rehabilitation to maximize return to sport function
  • Develop a targeted and streamlined exercise progression for maximal benefit
  • Consider the complexity of human movement and how it applies to rehabilitation


Day 1 - Shoulder

08:30 - 09:00

Registration/Breakfast (provided)

09:00 - 09:30

Exploring the challenges of simplification in healthcare

09:30 - 10:30

Simplifying the shoulder and exposing some myths and misconceptions of shoulder anatomy and biomechanics

10:30 - 10:45


10:45 - 12:15

The Stiff Shoulder: Assessment and treatment of pathologies that reduce range of movement of the shoulder girdle

12:15 - 13:15

Lunch (on your own)

13:15 - 14:45

The Weak Shoulder: Assessment and treatment of pathologies that affect the strength of the shoulder girdle

14:45 - 15:00


15:00 - 16:30

The Loose Shoulder: Assessment and treatment of pathologies that cause instability of the shoulder girdle

16:30 - 17:00

Final Application/Shoulder Conclusion

Day 2 - Knee

08:30 - 09:00

Registration/Breakfast (provided)

09:00 - 09:30

Introduction/How to science

09:30 - 10:30

Understanding human movement as a dynamical system

10:30 - 10:45


10:45 - 12:00

Overview of knee pathologies and biomechanics

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch (on your own)

13:00 - 14:15

Mechanisms of ACL injuries/Injury reduction strategies

14:15 - 14:45

Operative management of knee pathologies

14:45 - 15:00


15:00 - 16:00

Postoperative rehab of knee pathologies/Return to play decision making

16:00 - 17:00

Exercise progressions for knee rehabilitation


Regular: $499 (Early Bird Special $399 if registered by 11:59pm PDT August 24, 2018)
Student currently enrolled in PT/AT school: $399 (Early Bird Special $299 if registered by 11:59pm PDT August 24, 2018) – Limited slots