Online Course
Sporting Elbow – Clinical Reasoning and Differential Diagnosis
Gain the skills to confidently identify and differentiate between various pathologies in a tricky joint

1 - 1.5 hours





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Ian Gatt
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Ian is a sport physiotherapist with extensive experience treating upper extremity pathologies amongst Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

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The elbow is a complex joint and stability is provided by osseous and soft-tissue constraints. Various ligaments provide stability, but the relative instability of this joint makes it vulnerable to sporting injuries that can involve several of the structures associated with the joint. Apart from the clinical history, clinical reasoning and physical examination are essential to make a diagnosis. In this course, Ian Gatt will discuss the possible causes of elbow pain, as well as some of the clinical tests used to differentiate between possible conditions.


This course aims to highlight clinical tests used in the diagnosis of elbow injury while investigating the role of form and function in the differential diagnosis.


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 1.1 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:

  • list at least eight possible causes of elbow pain in an athlete
  • discuss how form and function contribute to the differential diagnosis of the elbow
  • describe the clinical tests and their modifications that can be used to differentiate between elbow pathologies
  • elect an appropriate clinical test based on case-specific presentations
  • describe the relationship between lateral epicondylalgia and the proximal radioulnar joint and humeroradial joint

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


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