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MWM in Sports: A Specialized Course in Sports Therapy and Manual Sports Medicine is a practical and interactive two intensive days of Mobilizations with Movement (MWM) as applies to sports-related physiotherapy and manual sports medicine. While recognizing the multidimensional nature of the musculoskeletal system and the biopsychosocial elements involved and the necessity of multidisciplinary approaches, this course deals mainly with the health and function of the articular system and its implications on sports function and performance.

The MWM in Sports was initiated in 2011 by Brian R. Mulligan (NZ), Robert Rosetti NES (USA), and Josef M. Andersen (DK).  The content is based on Brian Mulligan’s published principles and Josef Andersen’s decades of experience applying MWMs in sports-specific contexts (MWMS).

Further developments of initial screening tests, treatment techniques, and reasoning strategies were applied to multiple body regions; upper cervical spine, shoulder, ribcage, hip, pelvis, and ankle. These reasoning strategies, tests, and treatment techniques are integrated and exclusive to this hands-on lab course.

The course aims at preparing the therapist to deal with athletes at all levels and facilitate the return of the sportsperson to sports after an injury that has affected participation for a longer period than usual. The emphasis of this course is like Brian Mulligan’s MWMs, where the key component of interest is narrowed to optimal functional movements, and the target of assessment and treatment is the articular system.

The therapist will learn to identify movement disorders and restrictions that may limit the athlete’s function and performance level. The therapist will also learn how to create and develop effective MWMS for any given clinical presentation. For example, to create an MWMS for the hip joint for a basketball player experiencing groin pain during acceleration or to create an MWMS for a tennis player who experiences right-sided lumbar pain during a serve. An effective MWMS will then serve as part of the treatment or overall management. Part of the course is conducted in a GYM to assist the therapist in practicing and implementing MWMS principles as these apply to training instruments.

The course delivers an up-to-date clinical reasoning framework offering multiple simple pathways that may assist the therapist in recognizing some of the key elements that affect the athlete’s performance.  Accuracy in the assessment process of MWMs and knowledge of MWMs will enhance the therapist’s accuracy and effectiveness in managing the athletes and creating valuable solutions.

This course is intensive, practical, challenging, fun, and guaranteed to be a great learning experience for every therapist wishing to enhance his/her knowledge and manual skills in sports therapy. You can start applying the content of this course immediately after the course in clinical practice.

Josef has instructed MWM in Sports in the following countries, including Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Israel, Tunisia, Palestine, Jordan, Russia, Armenia, and Ukraine.

Quotes from some of my favorite responses to this course:

  • ‘A Swedish sports doctor with many years of experience also with the Mulligan Concept.’
  • ‘This course was vitamins to the brain’
  • ‘I wish MWM in Sports existed when I was a tennis player.  This is a gift to athletes and trainers.´  (A professional tennis player)
  • ‘I noticed that my Belgian and Dutch colleagues were using Mulligan MWM in Sports and I did not take the time to learn and wish I had 35 years ago.  It is never too late.’  (A seventy-year-old Olympic sports doctor and author who represented Russia and Ukraine in six Olympics mentioned in an interview)

Event Details

June 10-11, 2023 (Saturday - Sunday) 

Advanced Rehabilitation
4539 Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 110
Tampa, FL  33611
Clinic Phone #:  813-250-1208

  • Located in the Tampa Sports Academy Building

Times:  (13 Hours)
Registration: 8:00 am
8:30 am - 4:30 pm (both days)

Start date: June 10, 2023

End date: June 11, 2023

Start time: 08:30 a.m.

End time: 04:30 p.m.

Venue: Advanced Rehabilitation

Address: 4539 Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 110, Tampa, FL 33611

Directions: (located in the Tampa Sports Academy Building)

Phone: 813-250-1208

Course Details


Course Length




Attendee pre-requisite:  Completion of at least one Mulligan Upper or Lower Quadrant course.
The Mulligan Concept courses are intended for only licensed physical therapists and other clinicians whose scope of practice includes mobilization/manipulative therapy. (PT, MD, DO, DC, OT)
In order for PTA’s or ATC’s to attend, your state must allow you to perform mobilization/manipulative therapy.

This course is 50% hands-on so come dressed to learn. You will need to bring:

  • Wear loose, comfortable lab clothing (with long hair pulled back)

Course Evaluation:  Yes

Certificate of Completion: Yes

Workbook: Yes (provided at the course when you check in at registration)


The efficacy of this approach can be quickly and easily ascertained in clinic. MWM skills will be learned and it is an expectation of this course that those therapists with a normal caseload will find an immediate improvement in outcome measures with patients with restricted and/or painful movement.

Each agenda item consists of Live Lecture and Lab Participation/Assessment.  Typically, at least 50% of the agenda item is dedicated to Lab Participation/Assessment.

Day 1:  (8:00am Registration)

8:30am 9:15 Welcome, Introduction to MWMs
Theoretical background and case presentations
The history and development of MWMs
9:15am 9:45am THE CERVICAL SPINE
Overview: Assessment & Management of the cervical spine in athletes. The cervical spine in relation to headaches and concussionA proposed clinical reasoning algorithm for assessment and management of the cervical spine and associated symptoms in sports.
9:45am 10:30am Testing and palpation of the cervical spine (side lying, sitting).
MWMS for the upper cervical spine: MWMS for C0-C1, C1-C2, C2-C3 MWMS combined C0/1 & C1/2
10:30am Coffee Break
10:50am 11:20am The Cervicothoracic Junction (CTJ)
The importance of CTJ in the management of neck disorders including headaches and concussion-related symptoms.
The BRIDGE technique.
11:20am 12:00pm Practice the Bridge technique.
12:00pm 1:00pm Lunch Break
1:00pm 2:45pm THE RIB CAGE
Theoretical and clinical perspective: The ribcage’s function in relation to the thoracic spine and shoulder.

  • Special tests for the movement of the ribcage and the shoulders.
  • Palpation of the ribcage (side lying and sitting)
  • MWMS for the ribcage with breathing and with shoulder movements.
  • MWMS for the ribcage in standing, on a Swiss ball, and floor exercises.
  • Self-mobilization of the ribcage, home exercises.
2:45pm 3:10pm Coffee Break
3:10pm 4:20pm THE SHOULDER

  • MWMS for the shoulder END-RANGE PRINCIPLE (ERP)
  • The application of the SPIRAL & SHORT BELT
  • Practice ERP, Short belt, and Spiral belt
  • Examples of the clinical applications of shoulder MWMS
4:20pm 4:30pm Q&A and final word


Day 2:

8:30am 10:30 THE LUMBAR SPINE
Low back pain in sports and the implications for performance.
The involvement of the hip and pelvis in LBP presentations:

  • An algorithm for differential diagnosis of low back pain in sports.
  • End range principle for MWMS of the lumbar spine
  • Shift correction using SNAG in the Lion position.
10:30am 11:00am Coffee Break
11:00am 12:00pm THE HIP & PELVIS
A proposal for assessment and management of hip and pelvis-related disorders in sports.
A proposed algorithm for differential clinical diagnosis between the Lumbar spine, Pelvis, or Hip.
12:00pm 1:00pm Lunch Break
1:00pm 2:30pm MWMS for the knee
MWMS for the ankle
MWMS for ankle instability in football and fighting sports.
MWMS for posterior impingement in jumping sports.
Clinical reasoning points to the knee and ankle and foot.
2:30pm 3:00pm MWMS at the GYM
A demonstration of MWMS in the Gym
Safety principles, working space principles
Creating an MWMS as needed for specific exercises.
3:00pm 4:30pm Group assignments

Review of group assignments
Questions and answers
Final Words


Learning Objectives:

  • The participant is expected to expand their level of knowledge and manual skills when working with athletes at all levels.
  • The participant will gain a broader understanding of utilizing MWM as an assessment treatment option for clients complaining of pain and/or limitations associated with participation in sports.
  • The participant will learn to utilize key clinical reasoning principles as applied in sports physiotherapy and sports medicine.
  • The participant will increase his/her depth of knowledge and manual skills in relation to sports injuries and rehabilitation.
  • The participant will learn to create specific mobilizations with movement as applied to sports (MWMS).
  • The participant will learn methods to create self-mobilizations for the most common conditions that are encountered in sports clinics.
  • The participant will learn to apply MWMS in the Gym as part of his/her regular intervention when dealing with the rehabilitation of common sports injuries.
  • The participant will learn to use MWMS as part of floor exercises.
  • The participant is expected to treat a boxer with MWMS for shoulder pain and limitation.
  • The participant is expected to treat a weightlifter for knee pain during squats.
  • The participant is expected to treat a dancer for groin pain or limitation during a split.


  • CE Approved for PTs and PTAs covering the following states AL, AZ, AR, DE, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MI, MT, NE, NH, NY, NC, ND, OR, SC, SD, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY
  • Northeast Seminars (BOC AP#P498) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 13 Category A hours/CEUs.  ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
  • Certificate of attendance is provided for Continuing Education (CE) credits, 13 hours

Additional Info

  • Seminar includes coffee breaks and handouts. Lunch is not included.
  • Certificates of Attendance will be given to all participants and may be used for those who need C.E.U. verification and credits.
  • Participants will be required to sign a Release of Liability prior to the commencement of this seminar.
  • Location, Instructor, Dates and Cost of seminar are subject to change.
  • For group rate accommodations, please call hotel directly and be sure to mention Northeast Seminars. A limited number of rooms are reserved for participants, when available, on a first-come, first-served basis. Within 30 days of the course, rooms and/or rates may no longer be available. If the course is to be held at a facility, Northeast only provides suggested hotels nearby for room accommodations.

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