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ATSU Continuing Education

february, 2021

06feb8:00 am3:00 pmSpecial Topics in Shoulder Rehabilitation


Event Details

Course Description:

This 6 hour virtual course will cover key topics for shoulder rehabilitation.  It will include and overview of clinical evaluation of the shoulder complex followed by classification and breakdown of rotator cuff pathology.  A detailed evidence based presentation of rehabilitation following rotator cuff repair including massive repair will be included.  Finally, an overview of shoulder exercise progression concepts based on EMG and positional study will be covered followed by a presentation of rehabilitation following superior labral repair.  Q & A sessions will be available I the distance (virtual) format to allow for interaction in this course.

Course Objectives: 

Following participation in this course, the participant will be able to:

1)Recognize scapular pathology and utilize special tests to aid in this recognition

2) Understand the scientific principles behind rotator cuff repair rehabilitation

3) Apply therapeutic exercise progressions for rotator cuff and scapular stabilization based on EMG and biomechanical study

4) Understand the role of the superior labrum and surgical and rehabilitation techniques recommended to address labral pathology



8-9:30: Clinical Evaluation  of the Shoulder Complex

9:30-11:00: Rehabilitation following Rotator Cuff Repair

12:00-1:30: Shoulder and Scapular Exercise Progression

1:30-3:00:  Rehabilitation of Superior Labral Injury


Course Instructor: Todd S. Ellenbecker, DPT, MS, SCS, OCS, CSCS

Todd Ellenbecker is a physical therapist who joined Rehab Plus Sports Therapy Scottsdale in August of 2018 after serving as Clinic Director and Director of Clinical Research for Physiotherapy Associates Scottsdale Sports Clinic for 23 years.  He is also  the Vice President of Medical Services for the ATP World Tour.

He received his degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1985 and a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Arizona State University in 1989.  He completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy from MGH –Institute of Health Professions in 2006.  In addition, he is certified as a Sports Clinical Specialist, and Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist by the APTA.  He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the NSCA and was awarded their Sports Medicine Professional of the Year in 2003.  He is a certified USPTA tennis teaching master professional, and was Chairman of the USTA National Sport Science Committee for 12 years, serving on the committee for more than 30 years.  In 2007 he received the Ron Peyton award by the Sports Physical Therapy Section and in 2008 was the recipient of Samuel Hardy Educational Merit award from the International Tennis Hall of Fame.  He received the Turner A. Blackburn Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sports Physical Therapy Association in 2011.  Todd continues as a member of the Thera-Band Research Advisory Committee (TRAC) since its inception in 1998.

Ellenbecker served as the Chairman of the APTA’s Shoulder Special Interest Group from 1996 to 2002, and is a manuscript reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine, and serves on 3 editorial boards: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, Sports Health, and Physical Therapy in Sport. He has conducted, published, and presented research primarily on upper extremity athletes, as well as shoulder and elbow rehabilitation.  His main focus of research has been on musculoskeletal adaptations in elite level tennis players and overhead athletes.  He is the author/editor of 15 books, over 75 book chapters and has published over 55 peer reviewed articles in scientific journals. Ellenbecker lives in Scottsdale Arizona with his wife Gail and is a lifelong tennis player


Participants will be awarded 0.6 CEU’s or 6 Contact Hours


(Saturday) 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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