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Sporting Elbow – Clinical Reasoning and Differential Diagnosis

Online Course: Sporting Elbow – Clinical Reasoning and Differential Diagnosis

Gain the skills to confidently identify and differentiate between various pathologies in a tricky joint

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Course instructor:

Ian Gatt

Ian is a PhD candidate and a sport PT with extensive experience treating upper extremity pathologies amongst Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

1 - 1.5 hours

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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.

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