Kinesiology of the shoulder region: from reach to weight-bearing

By Donald A. Neumann, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Professor, Physical Therapy Department
Marquette University
Author of Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal System: Foundations for Physical Rehabilitation, Elsevier

Course Description

This 6-hour educational video is designed to stimulate interest and review the anatomic and kinesiologic foundations of the shoulder and upper quarter of the body. The lecture presents many of the essential structural and functional musculoskeletal relationships that exist within this region. Kinesiologic topics range from maximizing reach and overall function of the shoulder to weight bearing through the entire upper limb. The kinesiologic relationships will be described for the healthy state and contrasted with conditions involving pathology. The material will be useful for clinicians who treat and evaluate movement dysfunctions involving the upper limb, including orthopaedic, neuromuscular, or musculoskeletal types of conditions.

This video highlights lectures and demonstrations by Dr. Donald A. Neumann, representing a summation of 40 years of teachings on this area of kinesiology. Lectures are presented primarily through lecture format, enhanced by anatomic models, videos of joint kinematic fluoroscopy, cadaver images, and illustrations taken from his textbook: Neumann DA: Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal System: Foundations for Physical Rehabilitation (Elsevier). The original kinesiologic illustrations clearly describe the anatomic and mechanical basis for movement and control between the muscles and joints of the shoulder complex, providing the basis many evaluation and treatment approaches.

Intended Audience

This course is specially designed for any medical or sports-related health professionals who evaluate and treat movement dysfunctions of the shoulder region.

Course Objectives

After the presentation, participants shall be able to:

  1. Describe the detailed structural and functional relationships of the joints of the shoulder complex.
  2. Cite the osteokinematics and arthrokinematics associated with all movements of the shoulder complex.
  3. Describe how the shoulder is kinesiologically associated with many active movements of the elbow and forearm.
  4. Describe how the shoulder operates to achieve maximal reach of the upper limb and provides power and stability for weight bearing throughout the upper limb.
  5. Relate the posture and movement of the scapulothoracic joint to stress and kinematics of the glenohumeral joint.
  6. Describe the pathomechanics behind several orthopedic and neurologic conditions of the upper quarter of the upper extremity.
  7. Cite the major muscular drive for all motions of the shoulder.

Continuing Education Credit

6 Ceu's will be awarded by Marquette University following successful completion of an online quiz.

Instructional level



Donald NeumannDonald A. Neumann, Ph.D., P.T., FAPTA Dr. Neumann received a B.S. in physical therapy from the University of Florida. After several years of practice and teaching in rehabilitation of persons with spinal cord injury, he received a Ph.D. in Exercise Science from the University of Iowa. In 1986, he joined Marquette University where he is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physical Therapy. Don has received multiple awards from the American Physical Therapy Association that have recognized his teaching, writing, and research efforts, including being named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA in 2008. Dr. Neumann received a Teacher of the Year Award at Marquette University, and was named Wisconsin’s College Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation. In 2015, he was awarded the Educational Service Award by the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT). Dr. Neumann has received Fulbright Scholarships to teach in Lithuania, Hungary, and Japan and Ireland. He also lectured extensively throughout Asia, Europe, South America, and the United States. He is the author of Human Kinesiology: Foundations for Rehabilitation, published by Elsevier, 2017, and co-author of Kinesiology for the Physical Therapist Assistant (2019, Elsevier). Dr. Neumann also authored a chapter on the Hip, published in the 41st and 42 editions of British Gray’s Anatomy. Donald served as an Associate Editor of JOSPT from 2002-2015.