Sports Medicine I: Basic Musculoskeletal Assessments offers participants lectures and hands-on training in basic musculoskeletal assessments. Participants can strengthen their skills in sports medicine and gain confidence treating common injuries they may see in clinic. Topics covered include: injuries and exams of the knee, shoulder, foot, and ankle; principles of rehabilitation; case studies. 


Overall Course Objectives

  • Cite examples of the broad scope of musculoskeletal problems that can be handled by primary care physicians.
  • Perform a thorough evaluation of the knee, shoulder and foot/ankle.
  • List common principles of rehabilitation.


Lecture and Hands-On Objectives


Knee Exam and Injuries and Hands-On

  1. Identify important structures in the anatomy of the knee.
  2. Interpret the role of swelling, locking, and instability in the history of knee pain.
  3. Demonstrate knee exams--the McMurray’s test and the Lachman’s test.

Foot and Ankle Exam and Injuries and Hands-On

  1. Summarize basic biomechanics.
  2. Evaluate benefits and limitations of orthotics and athletic shoe wear.
  3. Demonstrate ankle and foot examinations.
  4. Diagnose common ankle problems.
  5. Recognize common foot problems.

Shoulder Exam and Injuries and Hands-On

  1. Describe basic shoulder anatomy.
  2. Perform a thorough shoulder examination.
  3. Summarize the role of the scapula in shoulder function.

Soft Tissue Injury and Principles of Rehabilitation

  1. List the general consequences of soft tissue and joint injury.
  2. Direct an immediate management plan for acute injury.
  3. Coordinate an extended management plan for injury.
  4. Develop a return to practice and competition protocol for athletes following injury.
  5. Describe the science of physical therapy modalities and interventions.


"This was an excellent day for learning and hands on activity, strongly recommend"

"The practice right afterwards was super helpful in solidifying the concepts discussed in the lecture."

"I very much enjoyed the presentations and group exercises."

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