Applied biomechanics of the shoulder - a functional approach to rehabilitation

Dates: 10-11 October 2020

Course Leader: Francesco Contiero



About the course

In this 2 day practical course the biomechanics of the shoulder girdle will be explored in common function and in some sports activities. The integrated nature of the body mechanics and its physiological components will inform an osteopathic approach to the evaluation and treatment of different conditions.

Starting with a review of relevant literature in the fields of fascial sciences and neuro-biomechanics, the course will focus on the practical applications of this theoretical framework in everyday practice.

The biomechanical understanding of human movement is based on the concepts of Applied Functional Science® (Gray Institute, USA). 


Osteopathic Practice Standards (updated) and other CPD elements covered

B) Knowledge, skills and performance - B1, B2, B3

C) Safety and quality in practice - C1


Learning objectives

  • Review of relevant shoulder anatomy and osteo-kinematics
  • Understand the neurophysiological principles of myofascial biomechanics and their application in clinical practice
  • Understand the biomechanics of the shoulder girdle in different functional environments
  • Learn how to evaluate biomechanical patterns of function using functional testing
  • Learn how to create specific functional contexts for the treatment of a range of dysfunctions


Day 1                     

09:00-09:30         Registration          

09:30-10:00         Introduction on applied biomechanics - Lecture

10:00-11:00         Osteo-kinematics - Lecture and practical session

11:00-11:15         Break

11:15-12:00         Osteo-kinematics of the shoulder girdle - Lecture

12:00-12:30         Myofascial mechanics and functional loading - Lecture

12:30-13:30         Lunch break

13:30-14:00         Assessment strategies for the shoulder girdle - Practice

14:00-15:00         Elements of differential diagnosis - Lecture

15:00-15:15         Break

15:15-17:30         Treatment techniques for shoulder girdle dysfunctions - Practice

17:30     End of day 1

Day 2                     

09:30-10:30         Functional measurements - Practical session

10:30-10:45         Break

10:45-11:15         Proximal acceleration - Lecture

11:15-12:00         Proximal acceleration assessment strategies - Lecture and practical session

12:00-12:30         Proximal acceleration treatment strategies   - Lecture

12:30-13:30         Lunch break

13:30-15:00         Case-study based session - Group session / tutorial

15:00-15:30         Break

15:30-16:30         Sport specific biomechanics - Group session

16:30-17:30         Q&A and open discussion  - Group session

17:30     End of day 2


Course suitability

The course is suitable for osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors and third and fourth year manual therapy students.


About the course leader

Francesco Contiero is a Physiotherapist and Osteopath based in London. Francesco started his career in Italy as a physiotherapist. He has completed a Diploma and a postgraduate Master degree in Osteopathy. In addition, he has completed an intensive training program in functional biomechanics developed through the Gray Institute and has earned the distinction of Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS).

Francesco is the Neuroscience and Clinical Neurology Lecturer at the University College of Osteopathy. His academic areas of expertise are neurosciences, sports biomechanics and fascial sciences.


Cancellation policy

The UCO regrets that no refunds can be made for cancelled places unless a substitute participant can be found.  The UCO cannot guarantee that any course will run.  In the event of your course being cancelled, all paid fees and deposits will be refunded in full.