Special Testing for the Shoulder: Evidence versus Experience


Special Testing for the Shoulder: Evidence versus Experience


$15 for NATA members/ $25 for non-members


Wednesday, February 19, 2014


11:00am – 12:15pm CST




Aaron Sciascia, MS, ATC, NASM-PES
Coordinator, Shoulder Center of Kentucky, Lexington, KY


Aaron Sciascia is the coordinator of the Shoulder center of Kentucky. He received a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree from the University of Delaware and a Master of Science in Kinesiology degree from the University of Kentucky. He is also certified as a National Academy of Sports Medicine Performance Enhancement Specialist.  Aaron has served as secretary of the Kentucky Athletic Trainers’ Society and resides on the Kentucky Advisory Council on Athletic Trainers.  Aaron is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association as well as the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists where he is both the Communication Chair and Member-at-Large.  He has produced multiple articles and book chapters related to function, evaluation, and treatment of the shoulder and speaks at various professional venues annually.


There are over 120 physical examination tests used to diagnose shoulder pain.  There is inconsistent evidence regarding the selection, implementation, and utilization of these physical exam tests for the shoulder during a shoulder evaluation.  This webinar will present and discuss methods of conducting a shoulder examination, limitations of current practice, interpretation of diagnostic evidence, and methods/barriers to incorporate evidence into clinical practice.

Clinical Objectives:

At the conclusion of this presentation, the learner will be able to:

  • Understand the divergence between diagnostic evidence and clinical experience and how each can be used to select history and physical examination tests for a shoulder examination
  • Constructively critique methods by which history and physical examination tests of the shoulder are selected and implemented
  • Define barriers to incorporating evidence into practice and strategies to overcome these barriers

Athletic Training Domain:

Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis

Course Level:


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