EARLY BIRD price extended until 5/24/2024!

Movement System Syndromes of the Shoulder

Don't forget to prep yourself with pre-requisite course (UQ Foundation Webinar Series)!

Register for Virtual Shoulder Course

Evolution of Scapular Movement System Syndromes

One of the best selling physical therapy textbooks is shown in the left photo: Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes by Dr. Shirley Sahrmann.  This was published, oh, just a few years ago, in 2002.  Since then, Sahrmann and Associates have continued to improve the Movement System Diagnoses based on the best evidence. 

Join us for the 2-day virtual course focused on the scapular and humeral diagnoses.  The most updated diagnoses are named differently from what is described in the original textbook.  It is strongly recommended that you prepare yourself for the June 2-day virtual course with the Foundation Webinar series (pre-requisite!), to optimize your learning in June.  

CEUs through California PT Association  

At Learn Movement System, we offer CEU's approved by California PT Association, which has one of the strictest CEU applications in the United States.  This means, most other states would honor the CEU's approved from CPTA (except for Texas, that we are aware of).  After completing the course evaluation, you will take a post-course test (score >80%) and receive a certificate of completion.  Please submit your certificate of completion to your state.  In some states, you may be required to submit additional course information (please check your state requirements).  

Description of 2-day Virtual Course: 

Movement System Syndromes of the Shoulder

Date: June 8 & 9, 2024 (WILL BE RECORDED)

Time: 9am~5:15pm & 9am~5pm, respectively

Location: Virtual (Zoom meeting).  If purchased after 6/9/24, you will have recording access in the course page.

Speakers: Dr. Renee Ivens, Dr. Shirley Sahrmann, Dr. Theresa Spitznagle, Dr. Cheryl Caldwell, Dr. Suzy Cornbleet

Course Description

This 2-day virtual course describes the systematic examination of the upper extremity with specific focus on the shoulder. Most commonly seen movement system syndromes of the scapula and humerus will be presented. Neuromusculoskeletal adaptations associated with these syndromes and key interventions for each diagnosis will be discussed.

For participants attending the Movement System Syndromes course for the first-time, a pre-requisite for this course is the Upper Quarter Movement System Syndromes Foundation Webinars that cover the key principles of the kinesiopathologic model.  These webinars are presented in April and May 2024.  Recordings of the webinars will be available after the live webinar sessions.

Participants will receive guidance on how to integrate test results to determine a movement system diagnosis.  Discussion will take place to explain how the diagnosis and examination results provide the guidelines for treatment.  Participants will observe live examinations of patients performed by faculty, and engage in analysis of prepared videos with instructors.

Pre-Recorded Videos

The Upper Quarter Basics course, is provided for you for free, courtesy of the Program in Physical Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis.  JUST the Upper Quarter Basics Course is a 5 hour 45 minute content for you to study, and review even after the course.  Get yourself familiar with the scapular & humeral diagnoses, and the specific movement system examinations.

World-Class Instructors

You are learning from physical therapists who have been developing the Movement System Syndromes framework for decades, and the instructors trusted by the core faculty.  When you participate in the LIVE sessions on June 8 & 9, interact with the speakers, and get coached on your movement analysis in a small group setting.

Clear Clinical Reasoning

Why do your patients have shoulder pain?  Why do people return to the clinic from time to time with re-aggravated symptoms?  Learn the systematic examination, and using your knowledge from the kinesiopathologic concept, figure out the underlying condition of your patient's shoulder pain.  Your patients will THANK YOU for taking care of their root issue!

1st Step of Your Growth

Once you have an appreciation of the kinesiopathologic model within the shoulder region, you will want to apply the principles to other body parts: cervical spine, thoracic spine!  Consider upgrading to ALL ACCESS to study the past and future virtual courses (including past courses from 3/4/2024 onward).  ALL ACCESS includes virtual registration to the October 2024 shoulder & cervical spine course! 

Virtual Perks

Skip the airport hassle, and save time & money on travels / hotel / meals by joining us from the comfort of your home!  And no one is blocking your view of the demonstration because everyone gets the front row seat! 

Learn and Review

Recording access seems to be the standard for continuing education these days.  Though the breakout sessions cannot be recorded, you will have access to all of the lectures and live demonstrations from this 2-day virtual course.  

UQ Foundation Webinars (PRE REQUISITE to this course)
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Course Objectives



After completing the course, participants will:

  1. Understand common movement system syndromes of the scapula and humerus
  2. Understand the tests included in the upper extremity systematic examination
  3. Be able to analyze scapular and humeral movements
  4. Be able to integrate test results to come up with a movement system diagnosis
  5. Discuss contributing factors to the movement system syndromes
  6. Identify primary focus of intervention for each syndrome.

Schedule (all times are indicated in CENTRAL TIME):

Saturday, June 8, 2024

9:00 ~ 10:00    Lecture: common scapular diagnoses 

10:00 ~ 10:15  Break

10:15 ~ 12:15  Breakout Rooms: Practice assessment of alignment and shoulder flexion

12:15 ~ 1:15    Lunch

1:15 ~ 2:00      Lecture: common humeral diagnoses 

2:00 ~ 2:15      Break

2:15 ~ 4:15      Breakout Rooms: Practice assessment of alignment and movement in supine, prone, and quadruped

4:15 ~ 5:15      Presentation of a pre-recorded shoulder patient case

Sunday, June 9, 2024

9:00 ~ 9:30      Q&A

9:30 ~ 10:30    Lecture: Interaction of spine (cervical & thoracic) and shoulder

10:30 ~ 10:45  Break 

10:45 ~ 12:45  Breakout Rooms: Movement analysis and discussions on a pre-recorded shoulder patient 

12:45 ~ 1:45    Lunch

1:45 ~ 3:15      Live examination on a patient with shoulder pain

3:15 ~ 3:30      Break

3:30 ~ 4:30      Lecture: treatment ideas for the upper quarter.  

4:30 ~ 5:00      Summary: Actions to take in the clinic starting the next day.

Required Preparation:

Upper Quarter Movement System Syndromes Foundation Webinar Series (purchase separately)

Upper Quarter Basics Course (included for free)

Please note, there are 10 hours worth of content in the Foundation Webinar Series (purchase separately), and 5 hours 45 minutes in the Upper Quarter Basics Course.


Recommended Reading:

  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes by Shirley Sahrmann
  • Muscles: Testing and Function, with Posture and Pain by Florence Peterson Kendall and Elizabeth Kendall McCreary (5th edition)
  • Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal System: Foundation for Rehabilitation by Donald Neumann


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You're getting so much value from this 2-day virtual course!

We are applying for CEU's through the California PT Association for 1.3 CEU's (13 hours) for this 2 day course.    

Shoulder Course ONLY


EARLY BIRD PRICING until 5/24/2024

  • Upper Quarter Basics course¬†is included when you purchase Movement System Syndromes of the Shoulder
  • Registers you for a front-row seat to live lectures, small group sessions, and live demonstration on 6/8 and 6/9/2024¬†
  • Access to the recordings of lecture / demo until 9/7/24 or 90 days from¬†the date of your purchase if purchased after 6/9/24
  • Save money and time with virtual course
  • You are already familiar with the many key concepts of the kinesiopahologic model
Register for Shoulder Course only

Bundle Package


EARLY BIRD PRICING until 5/24/2024

  • Concepts such as path of least resistance, relative stiffness & relative flexibility, muscle activation pattern, and motor learning are¬†not yet familiar concepts to you (repetition is wonderful for learning!)
  • Everything in the Shoulder Course registration is included (see the left column)

  • Registers you for all 5 sessions from the Upper Quarter Movement System Syndromes Foundation Webinar Series

  • Access to the recordings of the Foundation Webinars AND June shoulder lecture / demo until 10/7/24 or 120 days from the date of your purchase if purchased after 6/9/24
  • Receive up to 23 hours of CEU's
Register for Foundation Webinars & Shoulder Course

For the Committed Learner


Best Value!!

  • $999 / year, annual subscription membership to Learn Movement System
  • Everything in the Bundle Package is included (see the middle column)
  • Automatically gives you access to past and future webinars including knee, foot/ankle webinars from March 2024, and October shoulder and cervical spine 2-day virtual course
  • Never worry about expiration date of the recording access -- they're always there as long as you maintain your active subscription
  • Do the math!¬† $200 for Foundation Webinars, $400 for June course, and another $399 for the October virtual course -- but you get the knee & foot/ankle webinars (and maybe another shoulder evidence webinar!?) -- BEST VALUE for you, who is committed to learning the Movement System

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any other questions not described on the website, please contact Maiko Morotani at [email protected].