Snapping Scapula (AT)


The Board of Certification has approved AHP as a healthcare provider. Upon completion of this course, athletic trainers will receive a certificate for two hours of continuing education.

1. Understand etiology behind snapping scapular syndrome
2. Evaluate physical limitations that may contribute to snapping scapula syndrome
3. Discuss treatment methods used to resolve or improve symptoms of snapping scapula


Course Overview

This continuing education course is a 3-module, 3 hour course that discusses etiology, examination, and treatment of snapping scapula syndrome. Snapping scapula syndrome is a shoulder condition that can run the gamut of being a very minor issue, to being almost disabling. Precipitating factors can include scapular stabilizer muscle weakness or fatigue, postural issues, or muscle inflexibility. In rare instances, anatomical abnormalities around the scapula and posterior thorax may be contributing factors. Rehabilitation requires a balance of treatment options including flexibility and range of motion, strength and endurance training as well as postural correction methods.

Approval Info

AHP is a BOC approved provider.

Provider Number: P12130.

Course Developer

Dr. Robert C. Manske PT, DPT, MPT, MEd, SCS, ATC, CSCS, is a professor and former chair in the Doctoral Physical Therapy Program at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. Rob graduated from WSU in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education, a Master of Physical Therapy degree in 1994, and further earned a Master of Education degree in Physical Education in 2000. Rob completed a year-long sports physical therapy fellowship in 1997 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in LaCrosse, WI.

He received his DPT from Massachusetts General Institute of Health Professions in 2006. Rob has been an APTA Board Certified Sports Physical Therapist since 2002. Rob is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and a certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) through the National Athletic Trainers Association. Rob has been nominated and received numerous awards for excellence in teaching at the local, state, and national level – receiving the APTA Sports Academy’s Turner A. Blackburn Hall of Fame Award in 2021, the Academy’s Excellence in Education Award in 2007 and the Ron Peyton Award in 2018. He was a 3 term Executive Committee member for the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapists serving presently as the Representative at Large as well as two prior terms as Vice President. To date Rob has edited/published 11 books, multiple chapters, articles and home study courses related to orthopedic and sports rehabilitation.

Rob is an editor for both the “International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy” and “Journal of Sports Rehabilitation” and is also currently a manuscript reviewer for The Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Athletic Training and Sports Health Care, Sports Health a Multidisciplinary Approach, Physical Therapy in Sports, and The American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM), and in the years 2005-2007, 2011-2020 was named a Principal Reviewer for AJSM. Rob has lectured at the state and national and international level during meetings for APTA, NATA and the NSCA, and has instructed approximately 10-12 courses per year on knee and shoulder rehabilitation. In addition to his full-time faculty appointment, Rob is a physical therapist and athletic trainer for PT Solutions/Ascension Via Christi Health and serves as a Teaching Associate at the University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in Kansas City, and the Department of Community Medicine for the Via Christi Family Practice Sports Medicine Residency Program. Most importantly Rob continues to practice weekly – spending approximately 10 hours per week treating a variety of shoulder, elbow, and knee conditions! His specialty is treating the athlete from recreational to professional.