The purpose of this webinar is to investigate anatomic and functional issues that contribute to the development of subacromial impingement, as well as issues that sustain the pathology. A thorough understanding of these issues will guide the clinician through a thorough evaluation process that will then assist in clinical decision making and effective intervention.

This is an introductory level course.


Course Objectives

  • Identify the primary/anatomic etiologic factors for subacromial impingement.
  • Identify the secondary/functional etiologic factors for subacromial impingement.
  • Identify evaluation elements that should be included in an objective exam for patients who have subacromial impingement.
  • Identify interventions that should lead to effective intervention for these patients.

Course Agenda

  • 8:00 PM – Understanding the relationship between anterior instability and subacromial impingement.
  • The importance of the rotator cuff in management of subacromial impingment.
  • Recognizing that the deltoid is the worst offender for the patient with subacromial impingement.
  • Do all you can as a therapist, but if the patient hasn’t had resolution of their impingement, you better make sure imaging gets done.
  • 9:30 PM – Q/A and Adjourn


  • Michael Gross, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Dr. Gross is currently Professor, Division of Physical Therapy and Program in Human Movement Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has taught orthopaedic course content in the DPT Physical Therapy Program and biomechanics in the PhD Program in Human Movement Science for the last 27 years. He has also taught in the athletic training and occupational therapy curricula and currently does didactic and clinical teaching in the Division of Physical Therapy’s Orthopaedic Residency Program. He has conducted an active research program with students and has over 60 refereed journal publications. He has lectured nationally and internationally on musculoskeletal tissue biomechanics, shoulder rehabilitation, lower quarter/foot/ankle rehabilitation, and fabrication of foot orthoses. Dr. Gross has been a physical therapist for 34 years and continues to see patients in the Division of Physical Therapy faculty practice.

Dr. Gross received his BA degree from Miami University (Ohio) and a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida. He practiced for several years prior to receiving an advanced MS degree in Physical Therapy/Sports Medicine and a PhD in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has received an outstanding teaching award from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and has been honored by the American Physical Therapy Association with the Margaret L. Moore Outstanding New Faculty Member and Catherine Worthingham Fellow awards.


Contact Hours: 1.5

Price: $49


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