Athletic and Therapeutic Upper Quarter Taping

Course Description

This seminar will help all clinicians to learn new and diverse ways to apply different types of therapeutic tape to the cervical and thoracic regions, along with the shoulder, elbow and wrist.  You will learn how to use these taping techniques to increase ROM, decrease pain, and improve function.  Myofascial and neuromuscular reasoning for the benefits of taping will be discussed throughout.

The registrant will learn how to correctly and confidently apply pre-stretched tape, cover-roll, leukotape, athletic tape, and wet-pruf tape. 

Taping - Upper Schedule

Course Objectives

At the completion of this seminar, the participant will be able to:

  • Correctly describe three different types of tape that can be applied to physical therapy patients and the specific benefits of each type
  • Correctly identify 8 structures in the body that the use of tape can assist to improve range of motion, decrease pain, or increase function
  • Correctly describe the neurophysiological mechanism behind the benefit of taping
  • Correctly and confidently demonstrate how to apply pre-stretched tape to an upper quarter structure to improve range of motion, decrease pain, or increase function
  • Correctly and confidently demonstrate how to apply athletic tape to an upper quarter structure to improve range of motion, decrease pain, or increase function
  • Correctly and confidently demonstrate how to apply wet-pruf tape to an upper quarter structure to improve range of motion, decrease pain, or increase function
  • Correctly and confidently demonstrate how to apply cover-roll and Leukotape tapes to a body structure to improve range of motion, decrease pain, or increase function

Course Instructors

Jason Hepworth

PT, DPT, CIMT


Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in Health and Fitness in Preventative and Rehabilitative Programs from Central Michigan University. He also holds a doctorate in physical therapy from Grand Valley State University and is a Certified Integrated Manual Therapist (CIMT) through Great Lakes Seminars. Jason’s approach to therapy encompasses the use of joint and soft tissue mobilization, functional therapeutic exercise and patient education to return his patients to their highest functional level. Jason is always looking for opportunities to learn new things and improve himself as a clinician. Jason, his wife, and two children live in Southeast Michigan.

Jason Hepworth
Patrick Hoban

Patrick Hoban

PT, MS, ATC, FF-CIMT


Patrick has been a Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer since 1994. He graduated from Grand Valley State University and started Great Lakes Seminars in 1996. He is the co-owner and Clinical Director for Great Lakes Seminars and is also the president of Probility Physical Therapy. Probility is a company which has 13 clinics in the Southeast, MI area. He has created the manual therapy courses for Great Lakes Seminars and has trained the instructors to ensure high quality courses and effective, consistent delivery. He has also taught manual therapy courses around the country for 20 years, has taught in PT and PTA programs since 1994, was the head athletic trainer at a high school for 5 years and he has performed both independent medical exams and peer reviews for Physical Therapy. He has an eclectic background in biomechanics, anatomy, and manual therapy.

Course Outline

7:30am

Continental Breakfast

8:00am

Lecture: Introduction, Overview of Relevant Anatomy and Mechanism of Effect - athletic tape, rigid and elastic therapeutic tape

9:00am

Lecture: Key Concepts, Basic Procedures for Application and Removal, Indications for Taping, Precautions / Contraindications

10:00am

Lecture: Review of Current Evidence-Based Literature, Debunking Taping Myths

10:30am

Lab: Cervical, Thoracic Spine & Ribs – rigid vs. elastic therapeutic taping techniques to decrease pain, and improve ROM, stability, and function

11:30am

Case Study: Cervical Thoracic Pain

12:00pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm

Lab: Shoulder - rigid vs. elastic therapeutic taping techniques to decrease pain, and improve ROM, stability, and function

2:00pm

Lab: Elbow, Wrist & Hand – athletic tape vs. rigid / elastic therapeutic taping techniques to decrease pain, and improve ROM, stability, and function

3:00pm

Lab: Taping Synergistic Movement Patterns for the Upper Quarter - elastic therapeutic taping techniques to improve functional movement patterns

4:30pm

Case Study: Shoulder

5:00pm

Review of Evidence Base Literature

5:30pm

Adjourn

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