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The Athlete Movement System: Sports Performance

Improve your ability to analyze and treat athlete movement dysfunction.

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About this Certificate Program

This certificate program teaches you how to use the movement system to assess, diagnose, and treat athlete movement dysfunction. The first series of courses focus on body regions and serves as a foundation for assessing the upper quarter, lower quarter, and spine of all athletes. The material then focuses on the key performance aspects of sport, including speed, power, endurance, and agility. The content then becomes more sport specific, covering tennis, swimming, baseball, volleyball, running, and rock climbing. The content is highly interactive and emphasizes the practical application of principles covered.

Target Audience

This certificate program is for physical therapists, occupational therapists, and athletic trainers.

Goals & Objectives

  • Demonstrate and select appropriate movement assessments and treatments for the upper half of an athlete
  • Integrate research support into sport-specific assessments and treatments for the upper half of an athlete
  • Learn the biomechanics and sport-specific demands of athletes
  • Understand the importance of regional interdependence and its functional relationship to pathobiomechanics
  • Provide interventions based on faulty movement patterns observed and related to key impairments obtained from the objective exam

What's Included in the Certificate Program

Courses
Accredited Online Courses*

21 hours of online video lectures and patient demonstrations.

Courses
Interactive Learning Assessments

Case-based quizzes to evaluate and improve clinical reasoning.

Courses
Case Study Interviews

Recorded Q&A sessions between instructors and practice managers.

Section 1: Body Region

3 Chapters

The Athlete Movement System: Spine (Recorded Webinar)keyboard_arrow_down

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The Athlete Movement System: Upper Quarter (Recorded Webinar)keyboard_arrow_down

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The Athlete Movement System: Lower Quarter (Recorded Webinar)keyboard_arrow_down

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Section 2: Performance Assessment and Training

1 Chapters

The Athlete Movement System: Speed, Power, and Agilitykeyboard_arrow_down

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  • Speed: Movement and PerformanceChapter 1

    In this chapter, Dr. Vagy will discuss a framework to assess and treat athletes to improve their speed, power, and agility. He will introduce advanced techniques to properly assess these three key components of sport and present strategies to make them easy to assess within the clinic setting. He will teach you the four main components of speed: reaction time, acceleration, maximum velocity, and speed maintenance. He will go on to show you how to quantify speed with both movement and performance testing in a clinical setting and how to use the results from your testing to improve speed performance.

  • Power: Movement and PerformanceChapter 2

    In this chapter, Dr. Vagy will teach you research-validated tests to assesses athlete lower extremity power. This includes vertical hop, triple hop, and drop vertical jumps. You will learn how to use a landing error scoring system to assess movement and plyometric tests to quantify power output. Finally, you will learn how to use the results of these tests in a clinical setting to improve athlete power through plyometric exercise progressions.

  • Agility: Movement and PerformanceChapter 3

    In this chapter, Dr. Vagy will teach you how to assess and treat athlete agility. This includes research-supported return-to-sport protocols that analyze deceleration, lateral shuffle, and plant and cut movements. You will be introduced to performance tests for change of direction speed and reactive agility and will learn how to quantify agility with both movement and performance testing in a clinical setting to improve overall athlete agility performance through fundamental agility exercises.

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Section 3: Application to Specific Sports

5 Chapters

The Movement System: Advanced Running Assessment and Treatmentkeyboard_arrow_down

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  • Advanced Running AssessmentChapter 1

    In this chapter, Dr. Vagy teaches you joint angle normative values during the running cycle, factors that influence running mechanics, and a movement system model for analyzing and treating running injuries. You will be introduced to concepts of speed of force generation, closed kinetic chain testing, mirroring movement, and cross body assessment. Learn how to integrate these advanced orthopedic assessments with running biomechanics to determine hypothesized impairments. This will enable you to treat the identified impairment and return the patient to running without pain.

  • Dynamometry and Speed of Force GenerationChapter 2

    In this chapter, Dr. Vagy teaches how to utilize dynamometry to calculate maximal voluntary isometric contraction and use concepts of speed of force generation in the assessment and treatment of a runner. You will learn how to capture the acceleration component of force with impulse muscle testing and how to match your assessments and treatments to the cadence of the running cycle. Learn how to apply these concepts into a clinical case of a runner with medial knee pain during the absorption phase of the running cycle.

  • Closed Kinetic Chain Testing and Cross Body AssessmentChapter 3

    In this chapter, Dr. Vagy teaches how to utilize concepts of closed kinetic chain muscle testing and cross body assessments. You will learn how to perform muscle tests in the closed kinetic chain to simulate the muscular demands during the running cycle. You will further learn how mobility deficits on one side of the body can affect running mechanics on the contralateral side. Learn how to apply these concepts to clinical cases of runners with lower quarter pain during both the stance and swing phases of the running cycle.

  • Mirroring MovementChapter 4

    In this chapter, Dr. Vagy introduces a case that highlights the importance of replicating running phase positions during assessment and treatment. The case involves a runner who has anterior hip pain during the swing phase. Learn how to develop orthopedic assessments that mirror both the propulsion and swing phases of running. Treat the identified impairment with exercise that replicates the affected running phase position.

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The Movement System: Practical Swimming Biomechanics and Treatmentkeyboard_arrow_down

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  • Swimming Introduction and Freestyle StrokeChapter 1

    In this chapter, Dr. Vagy will teach you swimming injury demographics, gender and anthropometric differences, training volumes, and the etiology of swimming injuries. You will then learn the biomechanics of the freestyle swim stroke and the common compensations during the pull-through and recovery phases. Integrate manual symptom modification procedures during the swim stroke to decrease the swimmer's pain and improve their mechanics.

  • ButterflyChapter 2

    In this chapter, Dr. Vagy introduces the key phases of the butterfly swim stroke. He identifies common compensations that can lead to tissue breakdown and movement corrections that reduce the likelihood of injury. You will learn clinical assessments to improve the coordination of the lower and upper extremities during the stroke and specific thoracic mobilizations that can improve stroke efficiency.

  • BreaststrokeChapter 3

    In this chapter, Dr. Vagy introduces the key phases of the breaststroke swim stroke. He identifies common compensations that can lead to tissue breakdown and introduces assessment and treatment strategies that reduce the likelihood of injury. You will learn how to utilize concepts of hip mobility and muscle performance in sport-specific angles to assess and treat lower quarter pathology during the whip kick.

  • BackstrokeChapter 4

    In this chapter, Dr. Vagy introduces the key phases of the backstroke swim stroke. He identifies common compensations that can lead to tissue breakdown and movement corrections that reduce the likelihood of injury. He introduces the concept of relative flexibility, how it can influence the biomechanics of the swim stroke, and how to effectively treat this impairment. You will learn how to assess and treat muscle performance deficits in the swimmer’s core by placing them in swim-specific positions on the land.

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The Movement System: Throwing Biomechanics and Treatmentkeyboard_arrow_down

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  • Throwing Biomechanics and AssessmentChapter 1

    In this chapter, Dr. Vagy will introduce a research-based model to assess pitching mechanics. Dr. Vagy introduces the key phases of the throw: windup, stride, cocking, acceleration, deceleration, and follow-through. You will learn how to identify the six key critical events of the throw and common movement errors that throwers demonstrate during each critical event. Integrate the use of your smart phone and tablet to video analyze throwing mechanics.

  • Scapular AssessmentChapter 2

    In this chapter, Dr. Vagy introduces the importance of the scapula during throwing and presents assessment and treatment strategies that target the scapula. He presents a scapular alteration test, the application of dynamometry and its role in assessing muscular performance, as well as how to assess the speed of force generation.

  • Scapular TreatmentChapter 3

    In this chapter, Dr. Vagy introduces treatment options targeting periscapular musculature utilizing concepts of muscular facilitation. He integrates the usage of CLX bands to provide vectors of assistance and resistance to selectively active muscles involved in throwing. He also applies the concepts of speed and perturbation to CLX band exercises to increase specificity of training and progress high level patient population.

  • Humeral Assessment and TreatmentChapter 4

    In this chapter, Dr. Vagy introduces the concept of glenohumeral joint centration, its importance during throwing, and how to assess the humerus using this concept. He utilizes progressive exercises that maintain joint centration while mirroring the transition from late cocking to acceleration of the throw.

  • Lumbopelvic Assessment and TreatmentChapter 5

    In this chapter, Dr. Vagy discusses the importance of thoracolumbar/lumbopelvic coordination and stability during throwing. Learn to assess and treat various abdominal muscle activation patterns as well as incorporate reflexive cues for maximal activation. Learn general and sport specific abdominal exercise progressions to improve the stability and coordination of the throwing athlete.

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The Athlete Movement System: Tennis Biomechanics and Treatmentkeyboard_arrow_down

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  • Tennis Introduction and the ServeChapter 1

    In this chapter, Dr. Vagy introduces the sport of tennis, including an overview of the serve, backhand, and forehand strokes. He introduces the critical events involved in the serve. He breaks down the ideal joint angles needed to optimize movement. He then presents specific assessments and treatments that target the impairments during each phase of the serve for a patient with shoulder pain.

  • The BackhandChapter 2

    In this chapter, Dr. Vagy introduces the critical events involved in the backhand. He breaks down the ideal joint angles needed to optimize movement. He then presents specific assessments and treatments that target the impairments during each phase of the backhand for a patient with lateral elbow pain.

  • The ForehandChapter 3

    In this chapter, Dr. Vagy introduces the critical events involved in the forehand. He breaks down the ideal joint angles needed to optimize movement. He then presents specific assessments and treatments that target the impairments during each phase of the forehand for a patient with low back pain.

  • Trunk PowerChapter 4

    In this chapter, Dr. Vagy introduces the concept of trunk muscle performance. He introduces research-supported methods to quantify trunk power and provides tennis-specific supplemental exercises to improve overall trunk power to reduce the risk of shoulder, wrist, and low back injuries in the tennis player.

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The Athlete Movement System: Rock Climbingkeyboard_arrow_down

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  • Introduction and Patient Case: JeremyChapter 1

    This chapter will introduce you to the sport of rock climbing and will review the various settings, disciplines, and types of climbing. You will then be presented with a patient case of a climber with shoulder pain. You will learn how to utilize a systematic framework to assess the climber’s shoulder pain and provide interventions to return him to sport.

  • Patient Case: TaraChapter 2

    This chapter will present a climber with medial elbow pain. You will review specific test clusters to rule up or down competing diagnoses and determine how inefficient climbing movement contributes to the climber’s pain. You then learn a step-by-step process to rehabilitate the patient and return her to climbing pain-free.

  • Patient Case: LeahChapter 3

    This chapter will present a climber with finger pain. You will learn how to evaluate pulley sprains based on grade and severity and review research-supported best practices for rehabilitation. You will review how to assess the mobility and muscle performance of the fingers with a climbing-specific focus. Additionally, you will be provided with detailed recovery protocols and exercises to restore a climber’s finger to full function.

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Section 4: Article References

4 Chapters

Instructors
Jared Vagy

PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

CEU Approved

21 total hours* of accredited coursework.
MedBridge accredits each course individually so you can earn CEUs as you progress.

      Our clinic could not be happier with MedBridge.

Amy Lee, MPT, OCS
Physical Therapy Central

       MedBridge has allowed us to create a culture of learning that we were previously unable to attain with traditional coursework.

Zach Steele, PT, DPT, OCS
Outpatient Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Services

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Grant R. Koster, PT, ATC, FACHE
Vice President of Clinical Operations, Athletico Physical Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I get CEU credit?
Each course is individually accredited. Please check each course for your state and discipline. You can receive CEU credit after each course is completed.

When do I get my certificate?
You will receive accredited certificates of completion for each course as you complete them. Once you have completed the entire Certificate Program you will receive your certificate for the program.

*Accreditation Hours
Each course is individually accredited and exact hours will vary by state and discipline. Check each course for specific accreditation for your license.

Do I have to complete the courses in order?
It is not required that you complete the courses in order. Each Certificate Program's content is built to be completed sequentially but it is not forced to be completed this way.

How long do I have access to the Certificate Program?
You will have access to this Certificate Program for as long as you are a subscriber. Your initial subscription will last for one year from the date you purchase.

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