Sports Medicine I: Basic Musculoskeletal Assessments

Sports med faculty teaching a female and male learners how to do a shoulder exam.

Dates: May 9, 2019; January 9, 2020; and May 6, 2020

Location: West Bank Office Building

Sports Medicine I offers participants lectures and hands-on training in basic musculoskeletal assessments. Participants can strengthen their skills in sports medicine and gain confidence treating common injuries they may see in clinic.

I felt weak on these skills prior to the course and can’t wait to use what I learned in clinic. -Past course participant


  • Injuries and exams of the knee, shoulder, foot, and ankle
  • Principles of rehabilitation
  • Case studies


Registration is for non-University of Minnesota family medicine residents, medical students, and community physicians or healthcare professionals. Fees include tuition, syllabus, parking, and lunch.

1. Please contact us first to reserve a spot and to confirm the date and location:

2. Fill out and submit the 2019-2020 Course Registration Form

Course learning objectives

Knee exam and injuries

Knee exam and injuries

  1. Identify important structures in the anatomy of the knee
  2. Interpret the role of swelling, locking, and instability in the history of knee pain
  3. Demonstrate knee exams: the McMurray’s test and the Lachman’s test

Foot and ankle exam and injuries

Foot and ankle exam and injuries

  1. Summarize basic biomechanics
  2. Evaluate benefits and limitations of orthotics and athletic shoe wear
  3. Demonstrate ankle and foot examinations
  4. Diagnose common ankle problems
  5. Recognize common foot problems

Shoulder exam and injuries

Shoulder exam and injuries

  1. Describe basic shoulder anatomy
  2. Perform a thorough shoulder examination
  3. Summarize the role of the scapula in shoulder function

Soft tissue injury and principles of rehabilitation

Soft tissue injury and principles of rehabilitation

  1. List the general consequences of soft tissue and joint injury
  2. Direct an immediate management plan for acute injury
  3. Coordinate an extended management plan for injury
  4. Develop a return to practice and competition protocol for athletes following injury
  5. Describe the science of physical therapy modalities and interventions

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