Scapula Masterclass

26th August 2015

Masterclass Scapula under the spotlight'  with Sarah Mottram & Koen Schoolmeesters

The assessment of movement control of the scapula is an important factor associated with shoulder and pain and dysfunction. Abnormal scapular movements have an influence neck pain and function.  This masterclass will explore the influence of scapular movement control impairments and the clinical advantages of retraining scapular movement control.

A common feature of movement impairments is the reduced control of active movements. Uncontrolled movement is defined as an individual’s inability to cognitively control movement to benchmark standards. The assessment of uncontrolled movement of the scapula will be detailed with movement control test including the Shoulder Flexion Scapular Movement Control Test and the Kinetic Medial Rotation Test.

A cognitive movement control retaining approach to manage scapula uncontrolled movement will be presented and will include: optimising the orientation of the scapula, maintaining this optimum alignment during arm movement, and during muscle specific exercise motor control training for the trapezius and serratus anterior.

Current research to support the assessment and retraining of scapula uncontrolled movement will be presented - see Motor control retraining exercises for shoulder impingement: effects on function, muscle activation, and biomechanics in young adults.


Key features:

•    Identifying optimal and non-optimal orientation of the scapula
•    Presentation of clinical tests to identify scapula movement control impiarments
•    Current research exploring the mechanism of impairment

Learning outcomes:

Following this course the student should be able to:
•    Identify movement control impairments of the scapula
•    Evaluate the influence of movement control impairments of the scapula on neck and shoulder pain and function
•    Provide an evidence based assessment and rehabilitation of movement control impairments of the scapular
•    Consider the impairments that relate to movement control impairments
•    Use retraining strategies to regain efficient control of scapula movement

Sarah Mottram educator, clinician and researcher with a particular interest in the influence of movement  control impairments on activity limitations, onset and recurrence of pain and performance. Sarah lectures internationally for Kinetic Control and Performance Matrix on evidence-based solutions to better understand, prevent and manage musculoskeletal pain and injury.  She is co-author of the text Kinetic Control - The Management of Uncontrolled Movement (Comerford & Mottram 2012)- published by Elsevier. A particular interested in the integration of Pilates and other movement therapies into retraining of uncontrolled movement. Sarah is a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton. She has published papers on scapula movement control.

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Keywords: Courses, Movement Impairments