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  • Date & Time

    Saturday, February 24, 2024: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Registration/Sign-in 7:30 am - 8:00 am) Sunday, February 25, 2024: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • Location

    Messiah University - Winding Hill Location Mechanicsburg, PA

  • Registration $599

    2nd/3rd Year PT Student $349

NAIOMT COMT 4: Upper Extremity

This is the fourth course in a series of 5 courses in the COMT certification.

This case-based, lab-focused course features human movement and high performing PT management of the upper extremity. Participants will screen and analyze the role of upper extremity movement, its relationship to the cervicothoracic spinal quadrant, incorporating the patient's health conditions, pain presentations, and relevant biopsychosocial factors. Mobility patterns of the upper and lower quadrant system are studied, and the central and spinal neurophysiological factors determining normal and abnormal movement patterns. Management strategies include education, activity modification, manual therapy techniques, and individualized neuromuscular rehabilitation prescription, with the goal of restoring optimal function and preventing future health conditions and impairments. Participants will incorporate techniques into evidence-informed clinical practice guidelines for specific upper quadrant movement impairments and interpret relevant outcomes measures to guide treatment progression.
  • Course Details

    This course is 2 days on-site (14 hours) plus 7 hours online course work in Thinkific. Participants will receive an emailed link to the on-line course work 2 weeks prior to the course and another emailed link 1 week prior to the course containing the course materials. Please watch for the links in your email in-box.

  • 21 CEUs

    This course awards 21 CEUs in eligible states. See www.naiomt.com/ceus for details.

  • Refund Policy

    Refunds up to 30 days before event.



Angela Gordon

Angela T. Gordon has more than 20 years of clinical experience in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. She earned her Masters of Physical Therapy from Andrews University in Dayton, Ohio 2002, and her Doctorate of Science from Andrews University in Berrin Springs, Michigan 2012. Dr. Gordon earned her orthopedic manual therapist certification through NAIOMT in 2012 and became Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist from the American Physical Therapy Association in 2014. In April 2013 Dr. Gordon became a published author for an article in the IJSPT: Relationships between core strength, hip external rotator muscle strength, and star excursion balance test performance in female lacrosse players. Dr. Gordon’s published a book chapter “Physical Therapy considerations Following Regenerative Medicine Interventions” in September 2017 in the textbook Regenerative Treatments in Sports and Orthopedic Medicine. In February 2018, Dr. Gordon earned her fellowship status through NAIOMT and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. Dr. Gordon has served as the lead physical therapist for the Washington Nationals Baseball in 2005 and from 2010-2015. She works extensively with numerous professional and semi professional athletes from Major League Baseball, PGA, Canadian Football League, and European basketball players. She also works closely with many high school and collegiate overhead throwers and female athletes. Dr. Gordon is faculty with NAIOMT, teaching core and specialty courses in addition to being invited to speak at several annual sports medicine conferences across the country. Dr. Gordon is the owner and creator of F. A.S.T.™ (Female Athlete Sports Training program). In 2016 Dr. Gordon co-founded a physical therapy private practice geared towards orthopedics, sports medicine and injury prevention. Advanced Kinetics Physical Therapy and Sports Performance is a highly specialized physical therapy practice dedicated helping athletes and patients restore optimal function in the Washington DC metro area.

Course Organizer

The North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy, Inc. (NAIOMT) is a private physical therapist-owned organization dedicated to achieving the highest standards of clinical practice for manual physical therapists. NAIOMT specializes in a flexible teaching program, which seeks to promote the utilization of safe, effective and efficient manual physical therapy management of musculoskeletal dysfunction. It further seeks an environment that is conducive to the application of a reasoned approach to manual physical therapy through critical inquiry and the creation of new knowledge and skills based on scientific study and dissemination of that knowledge. NAIOMT strongly supports the union of the clinician, academician and researcher to further facilitate the development of quality patient care, physical therapy education and the development of master clinicians.