The Shoulder Complex - It's Not that Complex: Understanding and Treating Shoulder Injuries for Rotational Athletes

by Dr Reid Nelles

Online Course

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Whether you're a new grad or you've been working the clinic for decades - Understanding and Treating the Shoulder can be an overwhelmingly complex issue for the best of us. This course is for medical professionals as well as trainers and coaches who want to level up their Patient Intake, History, Screening and Assessment of Shoulder Injuries. This information is critical in setting the tone for any treatment strategies or interventions utilized with the patient or client. Once we decipher not only what is happening in the shoulder complex, but also why it's happening - this course demonstrates with Live Applications and Use of Treatment Strategies based off of these findings. What is the best tool to choose for the job at hand? Deciding which modality or exercise to utilize can be daunting. We will learn progressive and regressive strategies for treating Pain, Mobility, Stability, and Motor Control with tactics such as Cupping, Compression Floss Therapies, Kinesiology Taping, and Corrective Exercise Strategies.

NUHS CEU approval for this course has been submitted and is pending: AR, CA, GA, NM, TX

Available Course Credits

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify and recognize common shoulder injuries as they relate to rotational athletes
  • Understand and criticize current research on pathology and etiology of shoulder injuries.
  • Simplify and utilize local and global assessment methods for the shoulder as well as surrounding
    associated muscle groups and joints.
  • Choose and illustrate assessment concepts by using the entire body and its kinetic chain
    for addressing shoulder biomechanics.
  • Apply and demonstrate evidence-based treatment techniques. Examples of applications for
    active modalities in the course include; manual therapies of Decompression Therapy, Compressive
    Therapies and use of Kinesiology Taping for common shoulder dysfunctions.
  • Recognize and interpret Corrective Exercise Intervention Strategies that clients or patients
    can utilize to address dysfunctional movement patterns at home.

Course Content

The Shoulder Complex: It's Not that Complex
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Reid Nelles, DC


Dr. Reid is a chiropractor whose passion is to restore and improve qualities of movement. Humans are made to move, so this concept doesn’t stop at just athletes but extends to everyone.

Reid earned his Bachelor of Science from University of Minnesota – Duluth where he then followed his passion onto Northwestern Health Sciences University to pursue a Doctorate in Chiropractic. While attending Northwestern, Reid was fortunate to be chosen for the Medical Staffing of the World Sport Games in Lignano, Italy which kick started his infatuation with sports chiropractic.

At his clinic, Minnesota Movement, Dr. Reid helps clients find their ability by utilizing movement patterns, corrective exercises, hands-on techniques, and education. He has had the fortune of working with athletes across a wide range of endeavors such as the NHL, CrossFit Games Athletes, LPGA, PGA, Ironman Participants, MLB, and NFL as well as elite weekend warriors.

Hour 1: 

  • Welcome & Introduction 
  • Present outline of coursework with Learning Objectives coinciding 
  • Who qualifies as a Rotational Athlete? 
    • Throwing 
    • Kicking 
    • Tennis 
    • Golf 
    • Hockey 
  • Common shoulder injuries across rotational sports 
    • Traumatic vs. Over-use/Dis-use (-itis/-osis) 
    • Acute vs. Subacute vs. Chronic 
    • Structual vs. Muscular vs. Neuro 

Hour 2:  

  • Patient History 
    • Listen vs. Speak 
  • Observing Static Posture 
  • Introduction to Movement Assessment for Dynamic Positioning 

Hour 3:  

  • Movement Assessment 
    • Glenohumeral Joint Assessment 
    • Acromioclavicular Joint Assessment 
    • Sternoclavicular Joint Assessment 
    • Scapular Assessment 

Hour 4:  

  • Discuss the Kinetic Chain and Myo-Fascial Network 
  • Movement Assessment 
    • Trunk dissociation/rotation assessment 
    • Hip Assessment 
    • Breathing Assessment 

Hour 5:  

  • Manual Therapies (Scope of Practice Dependent) 
    • Modalities 
      • Cupping/Decompression 
        • Pain Mitigation 
        • Tissue Mobility Applications 
        • Movement Neurofeedback Applications 
      • Compression Band Therapy 
        • Tissue Mobility and Pain Mitigation Applications 
        • Movement Neurofeedback Applications 
  • Kinesiology Taping 
    • Pain Mitigation 
    • Positioning and External Cueing via Neurofeedback 

Hour 6:  

  • Corrective Exercise Strategies 
    • Let the assessment be your guide 
    • Isometric vs. Concentric vs. Eccentric Muscle Contraction 
    • Global vs. Local Focus 
    • Progression and Regression Strategies 
  • Synopsis and Conclusion 


This course is valid for continuing education credit through NUHS in the following states, so long as it falls within the scope of practice as outlined by the corresponding state board: AK, CO, CT, DE, DC, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NC, ND, OH, OR, RI, SC, SD, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WY (Considered distance learning, please check with your board how many hours you are allowed)

Please note that online continuing education is not recognized in the following states: FL, LA, MS, OK, WI

*NUHS makes no representation either directly or indirectly that the substantive matter being presented is approved or within respective scope of licensing. It remains the attendees’ responsibility to contact the state board(s) from which they seek continuing education credits for purposes of ensuring said board(s) approves both the delivery method and content as they relate to this event.


The Shoulder Complex meets continuing education requirements for these State Physical Therapy Boards: AL, CO, CT, IA, ME, MA, MN, NH, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY

The Shoulder Complex meets continuing education requirements for these State Physical Therapy Boards by virtue of approval by APTA Kentucky, A Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, for 6 Category 1 contact hours: AK, AZ, DE, GA, HI, ID, IN, MI, MS, MO, MT, NC, ND, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA .

FL - The Shoulder Complex is approved by the FPTA for 6 hours, CE Broker Approval #:CE22-907774

IL - The Shoulder Complex (6 contact hours) meets continuing education requirements for these State Physical Therapy Boards by virtue of a National University of Health Sciences approval. NUHS is recognized by the Secretary of States Department of Education.

KY - This program has been approved by the APTA Kentucky, A Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, for 6 Category 1 contact hour(s). Approval Number: 146-APTAKY-2023.

TX - This activity has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 6.00 CCUs for PTs and PTAs. Approval: 75531TX.


The Shoulder Complex (BOC Approved provider # P8570) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Certified Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of (6 hours/CEUs The Shoulder Complex Category A). ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.

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