Certificate in
Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement System Impairment Syndromes

This course focuses on the Movement System Impairments (MSI) of the shoulder, as described by Prof. Shirley Sahrmann. The MSI approach provides a framework for assessing and treating musculoskeletal conditions by identifying and addressing underlying movement impairments. This approach emphasizes the role of everyday activities in contributing to the development of movement impairments and the importance of understanding the intricate interactions between different muscles and joints involved in movement.

Prof. Sahrmann’s work has highlighted the need to move beyond traditional diagnostic labels such as rotator cuff tear or frozen shoulder, and instead focus on identifying the specific impairments that are contributing to a patient’s symptoms. This course will provide an overview of the key MSI concepts related to the shoulder, including muscle imbalances, joint mobility restrictions, and faulty movement patterns.

Through a combination of lectures, case studies, and hands-on sessions, participants will learn how to apply the MSI approach to their clinical practice. This will include practical techniques for assessing shoulder movement and function, as well as strategies for developing targeted treatment plans that address the underlying impairments. By the end of the course, participants will have a deeper understanding of the Movement System Impairments of the shoulder, and be equipped with new tools and techniques to help their patients achieve optimal function and mobility.

Diagnosis and Treatment of the Movement System Impairment Syndromes:
Upper quarter – Shoulder


08:30 – 9:00: Didactic lecture
Introduction to the Movement System Impairments (MSI)

09:00 – 10:00: Didactic lecture
MSI of the Scapula

10:00 – 10:30: Break

10:30 – 11:30: Didactic lecture & case presentation
Assessment of the MSI and MSI informed clinical reasoning

11:30 – 12:30: Didactic lecture & live demonstration
MSI assessment

12:30 – 13:30: Lunch

13:30 – 14:30: Didactic lecture & live demo
MSI syndromes of the scapula: downward rotation and depression

14:30 – 15:30:  Practical training
Key tests and signs for the scapular MSI syndromes

15:30 – 16:00: Break

16:00 – 17:00: Didactic lecture & live demo
MSI syndromes of the scapula: downward rotation and depression

17:00 – 18:00  Practical training
Key tests and signs for the scapular MSI syndromes

08:30 – 9:00: Didactic lecture
MSI syndromes of the humerus: anterior glide, superior glide, medial rotation of the humerus

09:00 – 10:00: Didactic lecture & live demo
Key tests and signs for the humeral MSI syndromes

10:00 – 10:30: Break

10:30 – 12:30: Practical training
Key tests and signs for the humeral MSI syndromes

12:30 – 13:30: Lunch

13:30 – 15:30: Practical training
Work in small groups, complete MSI assessment for scapular and humeral MSI syndromes and definition of a treatment plan

15:30 – 16:00: Break

16:00 – 17:30:  Guided case discussions
Group presentations

17:30 – 18:00  Didactic lecture
Final remarks and concepts consolidation

18:00 – 18:30: Certificate & media


Meet the instructor
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Roberto Meroni

Prof. Meroni holds a PhD in Neuroscience and is an expert clinician with extensive experience in research methods and clinical motion capture. He engages in yearly Movement System Education retreats organized by Prof. Shirley Sahrmann together with faculty members of the Washington University in St. Louis and international experts. Over his career he has published numerous manuscripts in peer-reviewed international journals and developed a deep understanding of the Human Movement System.

LUNEX – International University of Health, Exercise and Sports S.A.

50, avenue du Parc des Sports / 4671 Differdange / Luxembourg

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Application for a Bachelor’s programme:
1. Fill out our Online Application Form.
2. Take part in one of our Application Days. We will invite you to attend in person.
3. After successful participation in the Application Day we will email you with your study agreement. Please print it out, sign it and then send it to LUNEX University by post, along with the evidence documents specified in the email.

Application for a Master’s programme:
1. Fill out our Online Application Form.
2. If you have met all the prerequisites for the Master’s programme, we will email you with your study agreement. Please read it carefully, print it out and sign it.
3. In order to complete your application, please send the signed study agreement along with all other required evidence documents by post to LUNEX University.

As an applicant for one of our Bachelor’s programmes, you will be invited to attend an Application Day online. A selection procedure will take place on this day to check whether you meet the necessary prerequisites for the course.

More about the Application Day

The language of instruction in all courses at LUNEX University is English. You should therefore be able to speak and understand English well. You have the opportunity to participate in the Foundation Programme and improve your English if your language skills do not meet the entrnce requirements for study at Bachelor level.

We will inform you in the course of the application process which supporting documents have to be provided and when. In principle, we need the following documents for your application:

  • Copy of your personal ID
  • Copy of the highest educational and/or vocational qualification
  • Language certificate (if applicable)

Depending on the degree programme (Bachelor/Master) and your country of origin (EU/non-EU), further documents may be required. More details will be provided to you in good time.

To secure a study place, we recommend that you send us your documents as soon as possible – but at the latest two weeks before the start of your studies. If you are an applicant from outside the EU, you should note that the application process for a visa can take four to 60 days. Please make sure you give yourself plenty of time.