Physical Exam of the Athlete's Shoulder, Elbow, and Knee

1 AMA PRA Category 1/ 1 BOC – EBP
Section CEUs: 1 CEU

Presenter Bio: Steve Jordan, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon

Disclosure: Neither the speaker or planners of this activity have any relevant relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Materials: Participants have no equipment or materials required to take this education course.

A good physical examination should be performed systematically when evaluating an injured athlete. Clinicians should begin the examination of an injured athlete with a thorough history and visual inspection of the area. Research has examined hundreds of special tests for the shoulder, elbow, and knee. This course details a number of special tests that have been proven to be most reliable and accurate for each joint. A consistent routine for injury evaluation is critical for diagnosing and subsequently treating an injured athlete.


This course will review the evidence-based history of special tests for the knee, shoulder, and elbow. The course will help familiarize you with the sensitivity and specificity of special tests and the most effective combination of tests for injury evaluation.


Describe the history and proper technique for names of shoulder, elbow, and knee examination tests.
Define the statistical validity and accuracy of shoulder, elbow, and knee examination tests including combinations.
Recall an efficient shoulder, elbow, knee physical examination algorithm.

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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Florida Medical Association. The Florida Medical Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.   

Baptist Health Care is accredited by the Florida Medical Association to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

Baptist Health Care designates this activity for a maximum of 1 hour(s) in AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Andrews Research & Education Foundation (BOC AP# P10024) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 1 of EBP hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.