Bulletproof Shoulder by Kime Performance PT

by Dr Tony Mikla

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Bulletproof Shoulder is the first course in the Bulletproof series that instructs professionals on optimizing upper quarter dynamic movement, strength, and speed for clients of all ages. A significant focus will be placed on both the quality and the purpose of movement pattern assessment, implementing exercise progressions, and developing elite, recreational, and daily life performance. Focused progression and regression will be the emphasis of this course, so students can cleanly deliver the best program for client at exactly the right time.

The foundation of this course is built on movement science principles from high level contributors such as FMS, EXOS, Strong First, and the NSCA. The course takes content from all of these educational groups and brings it together to be easily implemented in a gym or clinical setting for both the general population or elite athletes.

Available Course Credits

Arizona State Board of Physcial Thearpy 1.00
Colorado Division of Professions and Occupations 6.00
Connecticut Department of Public Health 6.00
Delaware Division of Professional Regulation 1.00
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development 1.00
Georgia State Professional Licensing 1.00
Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses 1.00
Indiana Physical Therapy Board 1.00
Iowa Bureau of Professional Licensure 6.00
Kentucky Board of Physical Therapy 1.00
Maine Board of Physical Therapy 6.00
Massachusetts Board of Allied Health Professionals 6.00
Michigan Board of Physical Therapy 1.00
Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy 6.00
Mississippi State Board of Physical Therapy 1.00
Missouri Division of Professional Registration 1.00
Montana Department of Labor and Industry 1.00
North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners 1.00
North Dakota Board of Physical Therapy 1.00
Oregon Board of Physical Therapy 6.00
Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy 1.00
Physical Therapy Governing Board New Hampshire 6.00
South Carolina Board of Physical Therapy 1.00
South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners 6.00
State of Alabama Board of Physical Therapy 6.00
State of Hawaii DCCA-PVL 1.00
State of Rhode Island Department of Health 1.00
Tennessee Board of Physical Therapy 1.00
Utah Physical Therapy Licensing Board 6.00
Virginia Board of Physical Therapy 1.00
Washington State Board of Physical Therapy 6.00
Wyoming Board of Physical Therapy 6.00

Learning Objectives

  • Develop respect for the biomechanics, joint contributions and myofascial layerings that influence upper quarter performance and health
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform baseline assessment for necessary movement quality prior to implementing high level upper quarter fitness
  • Implement appropriate mobility interventions for specific limitations
  • Implement appropriate exercise progression along the rehabilitation and performance continuum
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the developmental drills for the Upper Quarter
  • Demonstrate proficiency with progressions toward Vertical and Horizontal Push/Pull patterns with strength and speed
  • Recognize situations where the use of a kettlebell will facilitate improved motor control and strength for the Upper Quarter
  • Demonstrate appropriate exercise implementation following Case Study learning model

Course Content

Kime Performance PT Bulletproof Shoulder

Tony Mikla, DPT


Tony is a leading sports physical therapist, performance coach, and researcher. He speaks and teaches nationally on sports physical therapy and regularly publishes research in international journals. Tony previously served as the Physical Therapy Manager at the world-renowned EXOS in Phoenix, AZ, working with some of the best athletes in the world. He was the Medical Director for the Sacramento Sports Commission and adjunct faculty in Physical Therapy at Sacramento State University and Northern AZ University. In 2015, Tony was named a finalist for the NSCA Sports Medicine Specialist of the year and was awarded the 40 Under 40 Award from the Sacramento Business Journal in 2017.

Hour 1: Joint by Joint/Functional Line/Biomechanics 

  • Joint by Joint (the GH is not alone!) 
  • Anatomy Trains 
  • Anterior spiral line (integration) 
  • Posterior spiral line (integration) 
  • Breathing components 
  • Biomechanics 
  • Scapular-humeral rhythm 
  • Contribution of thoracic spine and cervical spine 

Hour 2: Assessments 

  • Active Mobility 
  • Overhead reach 
  • Thoracic spine rotation/extension 
  • Behind neck/Behind back 
  • Breathing 
  • Diaphragm 

Hour 3: Mobility Interventions 

  • Thoracic spine 
  • Sidelying Rotations 
  • Quadruped Rotations 
  • Foam Roll extension work 
  • Self Soft Tissue 
  • Myofascial Ball release  
  • Levator scap 
  • Lat/Teres 
  • Stretch 
  • Doorway 
  • TRX Lat deep squat 
  • Full kneeling elbow rest active Lat Release / Thoracic extension  

Hour 4:Stage 1 Strength/Stability 

  • Rotator Cuff 
  • DB Raises 
  • Scaption, Hinge Extension, Hinge T’s 
  • Sidelying ER → Side bridge ER → Side plank ER 
  • Stability Ball T’s, Y’s 
  • Band 
  • Standing ER (by side) → 90/90 ER 
  • Shoulder Girdle Integration 
  • Supine Arm-Bar → Supine Bottoms-Up Arm-Bar 
  • Sidelying Arm-Bar → Sidelying Bottoms Up Arm-Bar 

Hour 5: Stage 2 Strength/Stability 

  • Push Progression 
  • Push-up hold → Push-up hold shoulder tap  
  • Elevated Push up → Floor push-up 
  • Pull Progression 
  • Standing Cable Row (double arm) → Standing Cable Row (single arm) 
  • Lat-pulldown → Assisted Pull-up (band or machine) → Pull up 
  • Shoulder Girdle Integration 
  • KB halos ½ kneeling and full kneeling 
  • Get-up: supine to elbow → elbow to tall sitting  
  • Overhead Carry 
  • Side Plank holds 
  • Stage 3 Strength/Stability 
  • Push Progression 
  • Overhead Carry → Single arm Vertical Press (½ kneeling → standing) 
  • Pull Progression 
  • Sled rope pulls 
  • Shoulder Girdle Integration 
  • Get-up: tall sitting to high post → post to sweep → windmill 

Hour 6: Case Studies 

  • Stage by Stage 
  • Client demographics 

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