Successful rehabilitation of patients following shoulder stabilization surgery can be challenging even for the experienced rehabilitation specialist.   This course will review the anatomy and biomechanics of the shoulder  as it relates to shoulder stabilization surgery. The classification of shoulder instability, complications of dislocation and medical terminology to describe associated pathology will be covered.   A review of the most common surgical techniques to address shoulder instability will be presented.  Contemporary rehabilitation protocols following common surgical procedures will be discussed, along with return to play/ sport functional tests.  The later stages will focus on the pushing progression with the goal of returning to overhead sports.

Course Objectives

  • Identify and summarize the 3 major types of surgical shoulder stabilization techniques
  • Identify one goal and two appropriate exercises in phase I rehabilitation following an anterior shift stabilization procedure
  • Identify two criteria that must be met prior to entering phase 3 rehabilitation following shoulder stabilization surgery
  • Identify two return to sport tests that can be used to aid in the decision of whether an overhead athlete can return to throwing


  • 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


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