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The Athlete Movement System: Lower Quarter and Spine
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The Athlete Movement System: Lower Quarter and Spine

 Export to Your Calendar 2/9/2019 to 2/10/2019
When: February 9-10, 2019
Where: University of St. Augustine
700 Windy Point Drive
San Diego, CA  92069
United States
Presenter: Jared Vagy, PT, DPT
Contact: Rita Pierson
(916) 929-2782 x105

Online registration is available until: 2/8/2019
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Course Description

This course teaches you how to use the movement system to assess, diagnose and treat athlete movement dysfunction. The material is highly interactive with an emphasis on the practical application of principles covered in the course. Concepts utilized in the course include closed kinetic chain muscle testing, dynamometry, speed of force generation, anatomical slings, neuromuscular chains, dual vectors and reflexive activation. At the conclusion the course, you will have a greater understanding of how to integrate movement based assessments into sport-specific treatments.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the program, the participant will be able to:



  1. Learn the biomechanics and sports specific demands on the lower quarter and spine in sport.
  2. Understand the importance of regional interdependence of the lower quarter and spine with its functional relationship to pathobiomechanics
  3. Demonstrate and select appropriate movement assessments and treatments for the lower quarter and spine for athletes
  4. Provide interventions based on faulty movement patterns observed relating to the key impairments obtained from the objective examination.
  5. Learn current research supporting movement and sport specific assessments and treatments.




7:45-8:00 am    Registration and coffee   
8:00-9:00    Overview of the lower quarter and spine assessment and treatment for athletes.   
    The importance of movement and sport specific assessment and treatment.   
9:00-9:15    Break
9:15-12:00 pm    LAB: Introduction and foundational assessment   
    • Movement Science Framework    
      » Thoracic, lumbar, hip, knee and ankle
    • Joint Centration   
      » Path of instantaneous center of rotation
    • Relative Flexibility   
      » Short versus relative stiffness
    • Muscle Performance   
      » The quality and timing of the contraction
12:00-1:00 pm
  Lunch (on your own)
1:00-3:00    LAB: Biomechanics and advanced assessment part 1   
    • Speed of force generation   
      » Timing your manual muscle test with the speed of movement
    • Closed kinetic chain testing   
      » Testing muscles how they are used in function
3:15-5:00    LAB: Biomechanics and advanced assessment part 2   
    • Cross Body assessment   
      » Testing one side of the body to achieve a result on the opposite side
    • Mirroring movement    
      » Mimicking critical events in sport with your assessment techniques


8:00-9:00 am    Introduction to lower quarter and spine sports treatment   
    Rehabilitation pyramid, combined model, regional interdependence   
9:15-10:30    Treatment skills:    
    • Educate the client   
    • Unload the affected tissue   
    • Improve alignment and joint centration   
    • Improve alignment and joint centration   
10:30-12:00 pm    LAB: Treatment skills:    
    • Restore mobility and relative motion    
    • Utilize newly acquired motion   
12:00-1:00   Lunch (on your own)
1:00-2:00    LAB: Treatment skills:    
    • Increase selective motor function   
    • Use the entire kinetic chain   
    • Train function and skill   
2:00-3:00    Research Support   
    • Mobilization and Exercise   
    • Regional Interdependence   
    • Pelvic Rotational Stability   
3:00-3:15    Break
3:15-5:00    LAB: Treatment technique application   
    • Rigid Strap and Kinesiology tape   
    • Joint centration   
    • Post isometric relaxation   
    • Gravity induced inhibition   
    • Relative motion treatments   
    • Muscular facilitation   
    • Reflexive activation    
5:00pm     Adjourn  

Speaker Bio

Jared Vagy, PT, DPT received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Southern California (USC). As a Doctor of Physical Therapy in clinical practice, he completed a one-year residency program and became a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist. He then completed an additional one-year fellowship program in Movement Science at Kaiser Permanente Hospital.

Dr. Jared Vagy has published three books and numerous articles on injury prevention. He delivers seminars internationally on the topic. Dr. Jared Vagy is on faculty at USC in the DPT Program. He is a mentor for both the USC Physical Therapy residency program and the USC DPT program.

Dr. Jared Vagy Served as a physical therapist for the Chinese National Track and Field Team, completed a rotation at the USA Olympic Training Center, worked with USA Track and Field at the Olympic Team Trials and covers international competitions such as the Weightlifting World Championships. His assessments and treatments are rooted deeply in an understanding of the movement system. He is a firm believer in an active approach to rehabilitation and works with clients of all ability levels to achieve their maximal function.


Approved for 15.0 contact hours or 1.5 CEUs (CPTA #19-16)

Instruction Level:
Format: Lecture and Lab
Lab Attire: The course will be highly interactive with an emphasis on practical application of assessment and treatments during lab.

For lab sessions, it is recommended that women wear shorts and swimsuit/halter tops/tank tops (open back) and men wear shorts, to allow exposure of pertinent areas of the body.

If you own a smartphone or tablet device, there are a few inexpensive apps that will be helpful to download (but not mandatory) prior to the course. These apps are: Hudl, Metrotimer, Jumppower and Startmeter.


Registration received by January 26, 2019
$500 APTA PT members
$315 APTA PTA members
$200 APTA Student members
$800 Non-members

Add $100 for late registration.
No on-site registration, please.


All cancellation requests must be received in writing – no exceptions. A full refund, less 20% service fee, if cancellation is received 14 days prior to the start of the course. No refunds after January 26, 2019.


University of St. Augustine
700 Windy Point Drive
San Marcos, CA 92069


Free parking


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