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Breaking Down Shoulder Assessments

Today on the podcast, is part two of the very popular hip assessment video that we had last week.

As many people know, I work at Champion Physical Therapy and Performance in Boston where we do a lot of continuing education for strength conditioning coaches, interns, doctoral students who we help get through DBT. 

A lot of people want to know about the systems we use, and in particular, people want to know more about the shoulders. 

The last episode was the audio from a lecture I gave about hip assessments and hip function.

This week is part two where I really broke down everything about the shoulder. 

How do you assess overhead mobility? 

How do you figure out whether someone has a soft tissue problem? 

How do you go about fixing some of those things and what are some ideas behind them? 

It’s really important that anyone working with athletes understands why they can’t get their arms over their head or why they have limited shoulder function, we need to have table assessments and ways to diagnose and break those things down. 

If you’re interested in listening to it, go ahead and just check it out for free but if you want to check out the entire video section, see the breakdown, see the entire handout we worked through, head to my online membership group called the Hero Lab:


We discuss:

  • Screen why someone has limited shoulder flexibility, and how to fix it.
  • Know exactly how to assess the upper body for sports and lifting.
  • Learn the best ways to give strength exercises for the upper body.
  • Understand how to assess thoracic mobility better. 
  • Hear common mistakes people make when assessing the shoulder

To listen to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, or Stitcher click below:

Breaking Down Shoulder Assessments 

Hope it helps!

– Dave

Dr. Dave Tilley DPT, SCS, CSCS
CEO/Founder of SHIFT Movement Science