Lyn Watson - Shoulder Course
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Shoulder Course – Lyn Watson

Level 1

Course Language: English (no translations)

The Lyn Watson Level 1 Shoulder Physio Course offers Physiotherapists the opportunity to gain extensive clinical and research insights into the Assessment, Diagnosis, Treatment & Rehabilitation of the Shoulder and Shoulder Girdle.
Our aim is to give you information and techniques that will have immediate clinical application and impact on your shoulder patients:

  • Understand the relevant functional anatomy, biomechanics and patho-mechanics that contributes to the clinical presentation of your patients
  • A logical and structured plan to your assessment of the shoulder and shoulder girdle
  • The skills to develop a working diagnosis while considering differential diagnoses
  • A framework to decide whether to treat, investigate, refer or any combination
  • A structure to tailor a rehabilitation programme to any patient
  • The skill to monitor your progress, adjust your working diagnosis & treatment to get the best results for your patients
  • During the course Lyn discusses real patient presentations that she has seen over her 30 years as a clinical Shoulder Physiotherapist.

The course is constantly updated and based on current research to provide up to date information on her new treatment techniques as well as evidence based best practices for therapists to use in their clinics.

Course Presenters
Melbourne Shoulder Group is Dr Lyn Watson (Founder), Simon Balster (Founder), Dr Sarah Warby, Ross Lenssen, Kat Davis. The group is made up of full-time shoulder physiotherapists who work as clinicians, researchers and course presenters. The Melb.Sh.Group works hand-in-hand with:

  • Tania Pizzari at Latrobe University facilitating their research,
  • Mr Greg Hoy & Mr Shane Barwood, Shoulder Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Victoria House Medical Imaging

Which allows the group to follow the full journey of a patient and carry out clinically relevant research. We are able to follow the clinical presentation of patients from injury and initial presentation symptoms through to correlating physical assessment findings with scanning results and arthroscopic assessment of their pathology and finally to post-operative resolution of their problems through surgery, injections and rehabilitation.

Dr Lyn Watson is a Manipulative & Sports Physiotherapist who completed a Professional Physiotherapy Doctorate and been awarded an Adjunct Professorial position in research through Western University in Ontario, Canada. She has been teaching physiotherapists through-out Australia and around the world for the last 25 years. Over the past 10 years approximately 4000 Physiotherapists in 9 counties have completed her courses.

Lyn Watson’s Level 1 Shoulder Course teaches Physiotherapists:

Background, Real Patients & Clinical Decisions
A detailed discussion regarding the relevant anatomy, biomechanics of the GH Joint and Shoulder Girdle which correlates to the clinical presentation of your patients. Lyn’s use of real patient examples that present to the clinic and the correlation between their symptoms, physical presentations and underlying pathomechanics provide the foundation to understand the shoulder.

Her unique, logical and structured assessment of the shoulder and shoulder girdle which assists in the clinical decision making process of your next patients:

  • Diagnosis
  • The stage of the pathology and whether its amenable to physiotherapy
  • Which assessment tools to use to understand the patients problem
  • The primary problem and the secondary symptoms
  • When Physiotherapy, Investigation, Intervention or Referral is indicated
  • Rehabilitation programme development, progression and evolution
  • Re-assessment

The Scapula

  • 3D Assessment of the scapula both at rest, through motion and during other shoulder assessment tests (like muscle/R.Cuff strength testing)
  • A detailed discussion on when the scapula is relevant to the patients presentation or an adaptation to their problem
  • Techniques for manually correcting aberrant scapula position and dyskinesia through ROM
  • Tailoring the correction of the scapula position at rest, through motion and during other assessment testing
  • A discussion of this clinical decision making process for patients with instability, stiffness, impingement, Rotator Cuff tears and SLAP lesions

The Humeral Head

  • Techniques to assess the position, translation and dynamic control of the humeral head on the glenoid in normal and specific shoulder pathologies
  • A detailed discussion of the impact the scapula, the capsuloligamentous structures, the labrum and rotator cuff have on maintaining the centralisation and control of the humeral head.
  • Techniques for correcting aberrant humeral head translation and the clinical decision making process used to determine its impact on the patients presentation and other assessment findings (SLAP tests, Impingement tests, ULTTests, Scapula dyskinesia, R.Cuff tests, etc)
  • A demonstration and discussion on the Special Orthopedic Tests for assessment of shoulder rotator cuff, instability, impingement and SLAP tears with reference to the literature, clinical use and interpretation


A detailed discussion of the different categories of shoulder instability from traumatic uni-directional to traumatic and/or overuse hypermobile instability through to multidirectional instability:

  • The different categories
  • Typical presentation and assessment findings
  • Different management plans for each category with reference to investigations used, rehabilitation and surgery
  • Outcomes published and evidence based practice
  • Practice of techniques used to full assess instability of the shoulder and determine the different contributions from the scapula, labrum, capsuloligamentous structures and rotator cuff/deltoid muscular control.

Stiffness & Rotator Cuff Pathology

A detailed discussion of the different categories of shoulder stiffness from frozen shoulders to postoperative stiffness through to stiffness secondary to R.Cuff pathology, impingement or OA:

  • The different categories
  • Typical presentation and assessment findings
  • Different management plans for each category with reference to investigations used, rehabilitation and surgery
  • Outcomes published and evidence based practice
  • Practice of techniques used to full assess stiffness of the shoulder and for the management and treatment of stiffness
  • Mobilisation and hands-on treatments
  • Management of inflammation
  • A discussion on the use of Hydrodilatation injections
  • A discussion on the post-operative stiff shoulder


Lyn’s Principles of Shoulder Rehabilitation that guide the development of a tailored rehabilitation programme for any shoulder pathology

Specific discussion of:

  • The risks associated with yoga, gym strengthening, cross-fit and kettlebell programmes
  • How to progress your rehabilitation into an integrated high-end strength & conditioning or sporting specific programme

A detailed discussion and demonstration of a typical structured rehabilitation programme that integrates:

  • Scapula stabilisation
  • Rotator Cuff recruitment and strengthening
  • Training the R.Cuff to achieve dynamic stabilisation of the humeral head
  • Deltoid strengthening
  • Progression of strengthening:
    • from arm by their side through Abduction to overhead and into horizontal flexion
    • short lever to longer lever
    • slow controlled concentric to faster to eccentric

Our programs for rehabilitation post-operative:

  • Sub-acromial Decompression
  • Rotator Cuff Repair (Small – Medium – Large – Massive)
  • GHJ Reconstruction and SLAP Repairs
  • Laterjet Reconstructions

A discussion and demonstration of two unique taping techniques for the scapula and the humeral head. Throughout the course there is constant referral regarding what is and is not substantiated by research.

This course provides the foundation for the Level 2 Course and is a required prerequisite.

For physiotherapists

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