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New York, NY: Mulligan Concept™ MWM in Sports – A Specialized Course in Sports Therapy and Manual Sports Medicine

Jun 17, 2023 @ 8:00 am Jun 18, 2023 @ 4:30 pm EST

MCTA Course presented by Northeast Seminars

The Mulligan Concept™ MWM in Sports – A Specialized Course in Sports Therapy and Sports Medicine

This two-day course will present the Mulligan approach to manual therapy for practical and interactive intensive days of Mobilizations with Movement (MWM) as applies to sports-related physiotherapy and manual sports medicine. 
Attendee pre-requisite:  Completion of at least one Mulligan Upper or Lower Quadrant course.

  • Northeast Seminars (BOC AP#P498) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 13 Category A hours/CEUs.  ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
  • Approved for 13 CE hours for PTs and PTAs covering the following states AL, AZ, AR, DE, FL, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MI, MT, NE, NH, NY, NC, ND, OR, SC, SD, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY
  • Certificate of attendance is provided for Continuing Education (CE) credits, 13 hours


MWM in Sports: A Specialized Course in Sports Therapy and Manual Sports Medicine is a practical and interactive two intensive days of Mobilizations with Movement (MWM) as applies to sports-related physiotherapy and manual sports medicine. While recognizing the multidimensional nature of the musculoskeletal system and the biopsychosocial elements involved and the necessity of multidisciplinary approaches, this course deals mainly with the health and function of the articular system and its implications on sports function and performance.

The MWM in Sports was initiated in 2011 by Brian R. Mulligan (NZ), Robert Rosetti NES (USA), and Josef M. Andersen (DK).  The content is based on Brian Mulligan’s published principles and Josef Andersen’s decades of experience applying MWMs in sports-specific contexts (MWMS).

The efficacy of this approach can be quickly and easily ascertained in clinic. MWM skills will be learned and it is an expectation of this course that those therapists with a normal caseload will find an immediate improvement in outcome measures with patients with restricted and/or painful movement.

Each agenda item consists of Live Lecture and Lab Participation/Assessment.  Typically, at least 50% of the agenda item is dedicated to Lab Participation/Assessment.


Learning Objectives

  • The participant is expected to expand their level of knowledge and manual skills when working with athletes at all levels.
  • The participant will gain a broader understanding of utilizing MWM as an assessment treatment option for clients complaining of pain and/or limitations associated with participation in sports.
  • The participant will learn to utilize key clinical reasoning principles as applied in sports physiotherapy and sports medicine.
  • The participant will increase his/her depth of knowledge and manual skills in relation to sports injuries and rehabilitation.
  • The participant will learn to create specific mobilizations with movement as applied to sports (MWMS).
  • The participant will learn methods to create self-mobilizations for the most common conditions that are encountered in sports clinics.
  • The participant will learn to apply MWMS in the Gym as part of his/her regular intervention when dealing with the rehabilitation of common sports injuries.
  • The participant will learn to use MWMS as part of floor exercises.
  • The participant is expected to treat a boxer with MWMS for shoulder pain and limitation.
  • The participant is expected to treat a weightlifter for knee pain during squats.
  • The participant is expected to treat a dancer for groin pain or limitation during a split.



Day 1:  (8:00am Registration)

8:30am 9:15 Welcome, Introduction to MWMs
Theoretical background and case presentations
The history and development of MWMs
9:15am 9:45am THE CERVICAL SPINE
Overview: Assessment & Management of the cervical spine in athletes. The cervical spine in relation to headaches and concussionA proposed clinical reasoning algorithm for assessment and management of the cervical spine and associated symptoms in sports.
9:45am 10:30am Testing and palpation of the cervical spine (side lying, sitting).
MWMS for the upper cervical spine: MWMS for C0-C1, C1-C2, C2-C3 MWMS combined C0/1 & C1/2
10:30am   Coffee Break
10:50am 11:20am The Cervicothoracic Junction (CTJ)
The importance of CTJ in the management of neck disorders including headaches and concussion-related symptoms.
The BRIDGE technique.
11:20am 12:00pm Practice the Bridge technique.
12:00pm 1:00pm Lunch Break
1:00pm 2:45pm THE RIB CAGE
Theoretical and clinical perspective: The ribcage’s function in relation to the thoracic spine and shoulder.

  • Special tests for the movement of the ribcage and the shoulders.
  • Palpation of the ribcage (side lying and sitting)
  • MWMS for the ribcage with breathing and with shoulder movements.
  • MWMS for the ribcage in standing, on a Swiss ball, and floor exercises.
  • Self-mobilization of the ribcage, home exercises.
2:45pm 3:10pm Coffee Break
3:10pm 4:20pm


  • MWMS for the shoulder END-RANGE PRINCIPLE (ERP)
  • The application of the SPIRAL & SHORT BELT
  • Practice ERP, Short belt, and Spiral belt
  • Examples of the clinical applications of shoulder MWMS
4:20pm 4:30pm Q&A and final word

Day 2:

8:30am 10:30 THE LUMBAR SPINE
Low back pain in sports and the implications for performance.
The involvement of the hip and pelvis in LBP presentations:

  • An algorithm for differential diagnosis of low back pain in sports.
  • End range principle for MWMS of the lumbar spine
  • Shift correction using SNAG in the Lion position.
10:30am 11:00am Coffee Break
11:00am 12:00pm THE HIP & PELVIS
A proposal for assessment and management of hip and pelvis-related disorders in sports.
A proposed algorithm for differential clinical diagnosis between the Lumbar spine, Pelvis, or Hip.
12:00pm 1:00pm Lunch Break
1:00pm 2:30pm MWMS for the knee
MWMS for the ankle
MWMS for ankle instability in football and fighting sports.
MWMS for posterior impingement in jumping sports.
Clinical reasoning points to the knee and ankle and foot.
2:30pm 3:00pm MWMS at the GYM
A demonstration of MWMS in the Gym
Safety principles, working space principles
Creating an MWMS as needed for specific exercises.
3:00pm 4:30pm

Group assignments

Review of group assignments
Questions and answers
Final Words



To facilitate your learning and preparation for the course, it is recommended that you wear loose, comfortable lab clothing (with long hair pulled back)

This course is 50% hands-on so come dressed to learn. 

Suggested Reading


Josef M Andersen (DK,UAE) Post Grad Dip PT, Master of Manipulative and Sports Physiotherapy The University of Melbourne, University of South Australia International Second opinion clinician, Member of The Mulligan Concept Teachers Association (MCTA) since 2008, Founder of MWM IN SPORTS


Jun 17, 2023 @ 8:00 am PST
Jun 18, 2023 @ 4:30 pm PST
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