Mastering the Shoulder Series
Advanced Courses & Masterclasses

Mastering the Shoulder Essential

Level I: Essential Orthopedics

Course Summary

Mastering the Shoulder™ available 2019 across Canada. MTS Advanced™ 2020 only.
Class size is limited - view our recent course feedback and results here...

Our Mastering the Shoulder courses are for all physiotherapists and rehabilitation professionals seeking post graduate information with an emphasis on the essential skills for treating a variety of shoulder disorders. 

Mastering the Shoulder™ covers all the fundamental topics to update your shoulder expertise:

Introducing Tissue-Specific Treatment Protocols (TSTP) for a variety of disorders:

Additional time has been added to this course for Q&A periods, along with significant practical time to improve your understanding of the course material.


University degree in rehabilitation or medicine

Who Should Attend ?

All Physiotherapists
Sports Physicians 
Occupational Therapists
Athletic Therapists


Course Fees 2019

Early Bird* Regular
$795 CAD $895 CAD

Register here for Level I

*Early Bird pricing in effect until 30 days prior to the event unless otherwise noted.​

Topics at a Glance

Day 1

Clinical Anatomy & Pathology
Examination Skills
Diagnosing Shoulder Disorders
Adhesive Capsulitis

Day 2

Tendinopathies & Bursitis
Acromioclavicular Injuries
Rotator Cuff Injuries
Shoulder Impingement

Full Course Outline

DAY I - Mastering the Shoulder™ - Level I: Essential Orthopedics

8:00 am Registration
8:30 am
Clinical Anatomy & Pathology
Review of relevant surface anatomy & gross anatomy including:
  • Surface Anatomy
  • Understanding plain films and pathology of the shoulder
  • Acromial typing and relevance to pathology
  • Ligament support and clinical relevance in various disorders / function
  • Rotator cuff - current understandings, cresent and cable effects
  • Bursal anatomy and interventions
  • Labral disorders - SLAPs, Bankarts and more
  • Peripheral nerve pathology
9:45 am
Examination Skills
  • Essential components of a comprehensive screening examination
  • Identifying pathology of the shoulder
  • Cross checking your information
  • Selected special tests of the shoulder
10:45 am Break
11:00 am
Examination Skills - Practical
  • The 5 minute ActiveShoulder screening exam
  • Differentiating pathology from movement disorders
12:00 pm
Diagnosing Shoulder Disorders
  • Differential diagnosis - what are my options?
  • False positives and false negatives
  • When and which imaging should be applied
  • MSK disorders & beyond - what else should I be looking for?
1:00 pm Lunch Break
1:45 pm
Adhesive Capsulitis - diagnosis, new classifications & protocols
  • Differentials and classification of shoulder stiffness
  • Biomechanical effects of adhesive capsulitis
  • Imaging needs - what’s necessary?
  • Refined examination methods
  • ActiveShoulder rehabilitation protocols for different severities
  • Injection management - current evidence, choices and clinical approaches
  • Surgical approaches and outcomes
  • Prevention strategies for the opposite shoulder
3:00 pm Q & A Adhesive Capsulitis
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm
Adhesive Capsulitis - Practical
  • Preferred manual therapy options
  • Manual therapy cautions
  • ActiveShoulder stretch strategies
  • Stretch progressions and combinations
5:00 pm Finish

DAY II - Mastering the Shoulder™ - Level I: Essential Orthopedics

8:00 am Registration
8:30 am
Cuff Tendinopathy & Bursitis - comprehensive rehabilitation strategies
  • The tendinopathy continuum vs acute or chronic bursitis
  • Classification and management options
  • Accelerated recovery methods - basic to advanced rehabilitation
  • ActiveShoulder protocols for cuff tendinopathy
  • ActiveShoulder protocols for bursitis
  • Prevention strategies for your patients
  • Surgical options and recovery times
10:00 am Q & A Tendinopathies & Bursitis
10:15 am Break
10:30 am
Tendinopathies & Bursitis - Practical
  • Exercise protocols - basic to advanced exercise methods
  • Manual therapy - clinical pearls and recommended techniques
12:00 pm
Acromioclavicular Injuries - current concepts
  • Clinical review of AC joint anatomy
  • Classifications and new updates for the AC joint
  • Instabilities of the AC joint and treatment methods
12:45 pm Q & A Acromioclavicular Injuries
1:00 pm Lunch Break
1:45 pm
Rotator Cuff Injuries - new concepts, protocols & management
  • Biomechanics of the cuff: ideal vs. pathological
  • Exercise strategies for non-surgical management
  • Surgical indicators and management
  • Rotator cuff surgical protocols - controversies and updates
2:45 pm Q & A Rotator Cuff Injuries
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm
Rotator Cuff Injuries - Practical
  • Preferred manual therapy options
  • Manual therapy cautions
  • ActiveShoulder exercise strategies
4:00 pm
A Second look at Shoulder Impingement - what’s the cause?
  • Differential diagnosis of impingement
  • Imaging support
  • Treatment trials
  • Manual therapy and exercise approaches
  • Injection options
5:00 pm Evaluations / Finish


Learning Outcomes

Clinical Anatomy & Pathology

Examination Skills

Diagnosing Shoulder Disorders

Adhesive Capsulitis

Tendinopathies & Bursitis

Acromioclavicular Injuries

Rotator Cuff Injuries


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Fantastic - will change how I examine and treat shoulders.
—K. Jeans, Calgary, Senior Ortho PT
Very informative. Completely changed the way I look at shoulder exercise and treatment.
—D.McSorley, Halifax, Ortho PT
Loved it. Very relevant. Can’t wait to incorporate this new knowledge with my next shoulder Ax.
—J. Calon, Edmonton, Senior Ortho PT
Your experience - so specific - that’s also the therapist I want to see. Evidence based and easy to follow.
—K. Hodson, Calgary, Senior Ortho PT
Will help me a lot to be more specific in my treatments. Loved the discussion & teaching on differentiating tendinopathy / bursitis / cuff tears.
—E. Dugas, Halifax, Ortho PT
Very happy that I took the course, will absolutely change the way that I look at assessment and exercise prescription for the shoulder.
—R. Heimbach, Kelowna, Ortho PT
I really liked the high quality manuals and materials. I felt this course provided very good value.
—C. Chatwin, Vancouver, Ortho PT
Excellent presenter, very easy going, open and clearly very knowledgeable. An excellent course for pearls of treatment for shoulder injuries.
—W. Russell, Calgary, Senior Ortho PT
Great presenter and very open to questions. This course will help me to better assess and treat my shoulder patients. Thank you very much!
—C. Henderson, Nova Scotia, Senior Ortho PT
Covers many aspects, manageable, immediately applicable in clinic.
—K. Milligan, Edmonton, Senior Ortho PT
Very helpful. Lots of detailed info that may not be covered in most physio university programs.
—C. Muir, Nova Scotia, Ortho PT
Excellent course - great treatment and assessment tips
—K. Mang, Edmonton, Senior Ortho PT
Great, feel much more confident to treat shoulders / answer prognosis questions and injection questions. Very different approach to what I learnt in school.
—C. McCabe, Edmonton, Ortho PT
Great. Thorough and up-to-date research.
—J. Kireti, Ontario, Senior Ortho PT
Awesome overall. Very informative / entertaining - good actual clinical examples.
—S. Craig, Ontario, Ortho PT
Great course and content - would recommend.
—K. Sovio, Vancouver, Senior Ortho PT
My expectations have been met and I’m impressed.
—JM Caro, Mississauga, Ortho PT
Useful, comprehensive, will use Monday, AM!!!
—C. Cayen, Ottawa, Senior Ortho PT
Very entertaining & knowledgeable. Excellent.
—N. Chartier, Ottawa, Senior Ortho PT
Very knowledgeable, good speaker with many clinical examples.
—K. Field, Calgary, Senior Ortho PT
Clinically relevant information. I feel as though I can apply these concepts at my clinic on Monday.
—A. Taylor, Calgary, Ortho PT
Great information, great presenter.
—J. Balsano, Toronto, Ortho PT
Engaging, easy to understand and follow, very good at presenting info in a simple, easy to understand way that keeps the focus.
—T. Spyk, Ontario, Athletic Therapist
Excellent - Highly Recommended
—L. Hepditch, Nova Scotia, Ortho PT
Clinical skills that are relevant and easy to apply into your daily practice immediately.
—C. Kanerva, Ontario, Ortho PT

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