Clinical assessment and treatment of patients with SLAP injuries is challenging even for the most experienced clinician. This course will discuss the pathophysiology and related anatomy for SLAP disorders in both the athletic and general populations. The relationship between SLAP injuries, scapula dyskinesis and posterior shoulder tightness will be explored. The clinical evaluation, as well as differential diagnosis, for patients with suspected SLAP tears will presented, and the most evidence-based clinical / special tests will be discussed. Updated clinical prediction rules pertaining to successful non-surgical management will be presented. A comprehensive evidence-based rehabilitation approach will be emphasized, with a focus on scapula stabilization and neuromuscular control exercises, posterior glenohumeral capsule stretches, rotator cuff strengthening, postural correction and soft tissue mobilization techniques. Video demonstration of exercise and manual interventions are utilized to reinforce correct techniques. Phase-based rehabilitation guidelines are presented, including transitioning the patient to sport- specific training programs.

Course Objectives

  • Identify the relationship among SLAP tears, posterior shoulder tightness and scapula dyskinesis
  • Identify the clinical prediction rule (CPR) for favorable outcome in patients undergoing conservative management for SLAP lesions
  • Identify one indication for performing an anterior to posterior mobilization of the humerus on the glenoid (posterior shoulder mobilization)
  • Identify one appropriate intervention (specific manual technique or exercise) for phase I, phase II and phase III SLAP rehabilitation program.

Course Agenda

  • 8:00 – Functional Anatomy of biceps-labral complex
  • 8:05 – Mechanisms of Injury
  • 8:10 – Pathophysiology of SLAP lesions in the overhead athlete
  • 8:25 – Evaluation
  • 8:45 – Rehabilitation
  • 9:30 – Q/A Session and Adjourn


  • Dr. Robert McCabe, MS, DPT, OCS

Dr McCabe is a clinician, researcher, and educator with 25 years of clinical experience in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. He is currently the director of human performance at the Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton, NY. His role at Gabreski includes overseeing injury prevention, performance and rehabilitation services for all military personnel. He has extensive experience in the treatment of patients with orthopedic and sports-related conditions. including recreational, elite and professional athletes. He previously worked at NYU Langone Medical Center and the Andrews Institute, where he worked under Dr. James Andrews. Bob received his transitional doctorate degree in physical therapy from Arcadia University, a master’s degree in physical therapy from Long Island University and a master’s degree in Ergonomics and Biomechanics from New York University. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in health science from Cortland University. Bob is an NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist (C.S.C.S) and an APTA Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (O.C.S). He is certified in the Functional Movement Screen (F.M.S) and the Selective Functional Movement Screes (S.F.M.A) and is completing his certification in manual therapy through Evidence in Motion. He has advance training and coursework in Graston instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilizations, EXOS performance training system, Active Release Therapy and the McKenzie Method to Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT). Bob has published several research studies in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at national conferences.


Contact Hours: 1.5

Price: $49
Deadline: January 26th


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