Mastering the Shoulder.
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Active Shoulder Clinical Seminars

Our Story

The shoulder is one of the most complex, dynamic and misunderstood joints in the anatomical chain and continues to challenge every group in the rehabilitation team.

ActiveShoulder Clinical Seminars (ASCS) was founded in 2014 and born from a desire to teach the most comprehensive, evidence informed and clinically relevant information to physiotherapists and allied health professionals. We offer a teaching program that moves well beyond university training and offers clinically tested methods for shoulder rehabilitation and management.

Two complementary teaching programs are offered:

Our complete teaching program comprising three levels of training (2 days each) incorporating all aspects of shoulder rehabilitation. Certifications are available after completion of the Level II (Advanced) or Level III (Specialty) courses.

Three one-day Masterclasses on critical areas of shoulder rehabilitation combining lecture, practical and case study teachings. Key updates, in-depth topics and chose the topics that are right for you!
 

Mastering the Shoulder Series

Our Mastering the Shoulder Series has been created to advance professional care through accurate examination, integrating imaging findings, treatment plans based on examination findings and best use of multi-disciplinary options. Simply put, we want to offer the best teaching program that provides logical and evidence informed solutions.

Mastering the Shoulder Series

Each course covers a variety of shoulder rehabilitation instruction - from essential to specialty topics. We look at comprehensive physical rehabilitation, non-surgical & surgical options for a range of shoulder disorders. 

Mastering the Shoulder  
LEVEL I: THE ESSENTIAL COURSE

Our first course covers comprehensive examination and differentials of the shoulder together with key treatment strategies for many common shoulder disorders. Accelerated rehabilitation is taught for adhesive capsulitis (two-three months - 95% movement recovery independent of phase), OA exercise routines, progressive exercise training for tendinopathy disorders, specific protocols for cuff tears (size and position dependent) and therapeutic techniques for preventing post AC joint separation pain. View the Level I course page.

Mastering the Shoulder 
‚ÄčLEVEL II: THE ADVANCED COURSE

Our second course continues with the ‘harder to treat’ shoulder topics - a must for any practitioner wanting to offer comprehensive clinical care for shoulder disorders. We teach more complex examination techniques, key metrics for improving your diagnostic accuracy, shoulder replacements rehabilitation (maximize their potential) and management of anterior shoulder instability. Day two of this course covers two complex topics - calcific tendinopathy and scapula dyskinesias. Both of these subjects require extensive clinical experience and a broad understanding of the clinical decision making necessary to provide successful treatment. View the Level II course page.

We offer the option for Advanced certification after completion of the Advanced course (CASP). 

Mastering the Shoulder 
LEVEL III: THE SPECIALTY COURSE

Our final course focuses on the required knowledge to offer comprehensive upper quadrant recovery with an emphasis on therapeutic cervical spine exercise, integrating scapula control and adding several specialty shoulder topics. We teach a range of cervical spine exercise progressions from introductory drills through to high level movement and strength training. A critical review of manual therapy options and post surgical protocols for the shoulder are undertaken. We highlight difficult neurovascular disorders of the shoulder as well as the common pathologies related to many athletic movements or sports. Three case study challenges are included to help refine your ability to manage and treat i) chronic shoulder, ii) complex shoulder and iii) whole quadrant disorders. View the Level III course page. View the Level III course page.

We offer the option for Specialty certification after completion of the Specialty course (CSSP).
 

Masterclass Series

Our Masterclass series has been created to advance professional care by creating an in-depth focus on particular challenges or critical components of shoulder rehabilitation. Three Masterclass topics are currently offered and availability will build over the coming year. New Masterclasses will be offered on an ongoing basis.

These Masterclasses are ideal for anyone seeking a intensive single day course with the choice of topic. accurate examination, integrating imaging findings and recommended management of key shoulder topics.

Expert Examination
Special Tests, Diagnostic Bets and Complex Cases

Expert Examination - is for all physiotherapists and rehabilitation professionals seeking an in-depth look at shoulder examination. Why? The better the assessment, the easier and more specific the treatment.

We prefer a pathoanatomical approach to the shoulder leading to specific treatment guidelines and better treatment outcomes. It may be tempting to create broad diagnostic groups such as the weak shoulder, unstable or stiff shoulder - but non-specific diagnoses lead to non-specific results.  There are many gaps in this approach - from treating acute inflammatory bursitis through to PMR, partial thickness cuff tears through to calcific tendinopathy. Effective shoulder rehabilitation depends on a great assessment of the patient.

This Masterclass will teach a comprehensive and efficient screening examination for the shoulder, review our recommended special tests, what they mean and how to build accurate test combinations.

We will also cover what to do with your imaging results and recognizing indications for medical and / or surgical referral. View the Expert Examination Masterclass page.

Subacromial Challenges 
Tendinopathies, Tears & Impingement Disorders

Subacromial Challenges - is for any physiotherapist or rehabilitation professional seeking an in-depth look at examining and rehabilitating injuries relating to the subacromial space.  We will offer a complete review and current recommendations for treating these common end points of shoulder dysfunction.

Changes to shoulder function and movement often result in subacromial injury such as tendinopathy (calcifying and non-calcifying), bursitis, tenosynovitis and rotator cuff tears. Other less common disorders such as os acromiale can also impact the subacromial space.

We examine the different techniques of separating cuff tendinopathy from cuff tears and biceps tendinopathy, build a complete practical exercise program for tendinopathies through to massive cuff tears and dig deeper into impingement disorders and how to solve them. View the Subacromial Challenges Masterclass page.

The Post Surgical Shoulder 
Reconstructions, Repairs & Replacements

The Post Surgical Shoulder - offers a critical update for all physiotherapists and rehabilitation professionals involved in post surgical care. Surgical approaches for dislocations, cuff repairs and joint replacement have changed significantly in the past 5 years.

A clear understanding of the surgeon’s needs balanced against ideal patient outcomes are essential in crafting a safe and effective post surgical program for your patient. Deliver current evidence informed care, avoid the complications and maximize your post surgical outcomes!

This Masterclass will address many concerns and provide clear guidelines based on current evidence and extensive clinical experience. Avoid post surgical complications, streamline your rehabilitation tasks and achieve best outcomes for your patient. View the Post Surgical Shoulder Masterclass page.

Upcoming Events

Halifax

Mar. 17-18
2018
Mastering the Shoulder Essential Level I

Edmonton / Sherwood Park

Apr. 14-15
2018
Mastering the Shoulder Essential Level I

Ottawa

Apr. 28-29
2018
Mastering the Shoulder Essential Level I

Toronto

May. 26-27
2018
Mastering the Shoulder Advanced Level II

Calgary

Jun. 9-10
2018
Mastering the Shoulder Essential Level I

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