Assessing and Treating the Rotational Athlete

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Assessing and Treating the Rotational Athlete

Instructor: Paul Kochoa, PT, DPT

Course Length: 1 hour | Tuition: $39 or FREE for Elite Passport Members

This is a livestream, interactive course.  The instructor will teach in real time and you will have the opportunity to ask and answer questions.


Rotational athletes have sport-specific needs.  Being able to assess and treat them can be difficult and time-consuming. Awareness and understanding of the kinematic sequence of rotational athletes is crucial for proper assessment and adequately communicating evaluation findings with coaches and trainers.

This course is designed to equip the therapist with a treatment blueprint for the assessment and treatment of the rotational athlete regardless of their sport. Using a joint-by-joint approach you will learn techniques to improve joint mobility, core stability, and the kinematic sequence of rotational athletes.  Additionally, an introduction to the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and how to apply it to rotational athletes will aid in diagnosis and treatment decisions. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of which body segments should and should not rotate and provide your patients with exercises that can be used in the clinic, the gym, or added to a home-based strength training program.


  • Explain the joint-by-joint approach to assessment and how it relates to the rotational athlete.
  • Using movement screens, identify which body segments contribute the most to a proper rotational kinematic sequence.
  • Discuss how SFMA can be applied in the assessment and treatment of the rotational athlete
  • Compare and contrast the difference between Technique instruction and physical therapy interventions as they relate to the rotational athlete
  • Describe treatment strategies that improve mobility, stability, strength, and power for the rotational athlete.


Sport considerations

    • Sport-specific joint mobility and stability requirements
      • Golf, tennis, lacrosse, hockey, baseball
    • Technique instruction vs physical therapy interventions
      • Being a PT vs being a coach
        • Throwing, batting, and swinging
    • Regional Interdependence in relation to rotational athletes
      • Joint by joint approach to stability and mobility
      • Fascial lines

Assessment techniques

    • Movement screens for rotational athletes
      • Selective Functional Movement Assessment Intro
    • Joint considerations
      • Shoulder joint
      • Hip joint
      • Axial skeleton
      • Knee joint
      • Ankle/foot joint

Treatment strategies

    • Mobility
      • Joint mobilizations
        • Manual interventions concepts
        • Home exercises
    • Stability
      • Core stabilization and rotation exercises
      • Scapular/shoulder stabilization
      • Hip/knee stabilization
    • Strength training
      • General physical preparedness
      • Hip hinge body mechanics
    • Power / Speed considerations
      • Injury prevention
      • Plyometrics application to rotational athletes
    • Training the kinematic sequence
      • Force transfer through the kinetic sequence


    • Goal setting
    • Q&A