training & continuing education

a course for physical therapists & assistants

March 25-26, 2023

An in-person manual therapy-based course designed to improve clinical decision making and skills.

Empowering PT professionals

This course is intended to provide practitioners with the best available treatment options, from a manual therapy perspective, that are immediately available for the Functional Fitness athlete. Techniques and information learned during this course can also be applied to all patients with upper quarter dysfunction.

Learn from Dr. Tami, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Tami's extensive education and experience brings tremendous value to this course for physical therapists and PT assistants who aspire to gain knowledge and training in manual therapy for athletes. Learn more.

Why manual therapy matters

Manual therapy is most often used as an effective treatment in conjunction with appropriate exercise. Joint manipulation and soft tissue mobilization are effective to decrease pain and improve biomechanics of a dysfunctional region. Manual therapy effectively improves movement patterns and quality of life in patients.


Manual Therapy Approach to the Functional Athlete

Part 1 - The Overhead Athlete
Course Intended Learning Objectives

Objective 1

The participant will review the biomechanics and anatomy of the lower cervical/upper thoracic spine, as well as the shoulder and scapula.

Objective 2

The participant will identify safety issues, indications, and contraindications for the use of joint mobilization and manipulation, as well as soft tissue techniques.

Objective 3

Participants will effectively identify dysfunctions and movement impairments of the upper quarter in the clinical setting, as well as recognize when and how to apply manual intervention and appropriate corrective exercises.

Objective 4

Participants will be able to perform a comprehensive examination and evaluation of the overhead athlete to address common injuries specific to the shoulder and cervicothoracic junction.


course days & times

Manual Therapy Approach to the Functional Athlete
Part 1, the Overhead Athlete
Day 1 - March 25

8 - 8:30 am


8:30 - 10 am

Anatomy of lower cervical spine, shoulder/scapula, upper thoracic spine

10 - 10:15 am


10:15 - 12 pm

Movement impairment syndromes and common injuries observed in the overhead athlete

12 - 1 pm

Working lunch/lab

1 - 3 pm

Joint manipulation of cervicothoracic junction, upper thoracic spine and ribs

3 - 3:15 pm


3:15 - 5 pm

Joint manipulation and mobilization of the shoulder complex and scapula
Day 2 - March 26

8 - 9 am

Review of joint mobilizations/manipulations

9 - 10:30 am

Soft tissue techniques for cervical, upper thoracic and shoulder/scapula

10:30 - 10:45 am


10:45 - 12 pm

Taping techniques and corrective exercises

12 - 1 pm

Case studies

$400 • 12.5 CEU credits • Approved by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy

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meet the instructor

Dr. Tami Grunitzky, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

  • Education, Licensure, & Certification

    Doctor of Physical Therapy - University of Maryland School of Medicine

    Licensed Physical Therapist since 2009

    Orthopedic Certified Specialist, 2012-2022

  • Employment & Clinical Instruction

    PRIME Physical Therapy - April 2020-present

    Kassimir Physical Therapy - July 2011-April 2020

    Clinical Coordinator for Clinical Education and Clinical Instructor - 2010-present

A physical therapy clinic that offers customized, high-quality treatment by Doctors of Physical Therapy specialized in orthopedics and manual therapy in Maryland.
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