Online Course
Gluteal Considerations in the Management of Patellofemoral Pain
Learn to assess and rehabilitate the gluteal muscles in patellofemoral pain

1-1.5 hours





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Claire Robertson
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Patellofemoral Expert. Consultant Physiotherapist, Researcher, Lecturer.

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The assessment of patellofemoral pain requires the clinician to do more than simply look at the position of the patella. Many factors much be considered in the assessment, including the role of the gluteal muscles. In this course, patellofemoral expert, Claire Robertson, details the assessment of the gluteal muscles and their impact on patellofemoral pain. She highlights which practical tests can be used to identify weakness or dysfunction and explores how assessment findings can guide rehabilitation.


This course aims to examine the contribution of the gluteal muscles to patellofemoral pain and introduce treatment strategies to address dysfunction in this muscle group.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • discuss the relationship between the gluteal muscles and patellofemoral pain
  • explain the actions of the gluteal muscles in each plane of movement
  • describe the relationship between poor hip control in the frontal pain and patellofemoral pain
  • discuss the assessment of the gluteal muscles in relation to patellofemoral pain
  • select at least two exercises and relevant progressions to address gluteal weakness in patients with patellofemoral pain

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
This course was thought-provoking. The association of gluteal muscle weakness or inhibition with patellofemoral pain was an eye-opener. I would recommend this course to all physiotherapists.
Joan Rattray
This course discusses all pain problems related to the pelvis, hip, back and knees. This course is essential for all those who practice in the musculoskeletal field. I highly recommend it!
Joseph Jean Alain FOTSO