Shoulder Performance 

The Ultimate Guide to Getting Out of Pain and Returning to High Level Fitness

A New Online Educational Course for Athletes, Trainers and Therapists that will Revolutionize Your Understanding of Shoulder Rehabilitation, Injury Prevention and Performance

Tired of Painful Achy Shoulders?

  • Shoulder pain is easily one of the biggest obstacles athletes face when training in the gym.
  • Coaches don't always understand why this is happening and what to do about it.
  • Therapists don't always have the knowledge to bridge the gap between basic rehabilitation and high level performance.
    • Athletes are left frustrated, repeating the same mistakes, staying in pain, never getting better and sometimes getting worse.

Hi, I'm Dan and this is Dave.  We're both doctors of physical therapy.  We work every day getting people like yourself out of pain and back to training.

Want to learn how to rehabilitate your shoulder pain and stay pain free for the long haul?

Shoulder pain is easily one of the most frequent problems that both Dave and I encounter at the gym.  It can really interfere with your training goals.  Trouble is, not very many people know how to deal with shoulder pain, especially as an athlete.  Most folks don't just want to get out of pain, they want to get back to tough training that includes exercises like bench press, olympic lifts and maybe some muscle-ups.  They want high level performance.

Unfortunately, some doctors and physical therapists don't always understand this.  They may tell you to just stop training in the gym, but you wouldn't have gone to the doctor in the first place if they were going to tell you that.  You want someone to guide you back to what you love, hard training.

This disconnect between medical providers and athletes leads you to seek advice in strange places. You'll ask friends, search online forums and try bogus rehabilitation techniques from online training gurus.

I can't begin to tell you some of the atrocious advice I've heard from patients about what they should do to rehab their shoulders.  In a lot of cases they were causing more harm than good!

It gets worse...

Coaches and trainers are forced to become the rehab experts for their injured athletes.  

As a coach or trainer you really don't get much if any education on shoulder injuries.  Injury and pain continues to be a nebulous thing that only medical providers have access to knowledge of.  Meanwhile as a coach you'll face this problem as well as clients on a regular basis who are dealing with these challenging painful shoulders.  

So what is a coach to do?

You want to keep your athletes safe, prevent injury and not aggravate shoulder injuries further when they happen.  How do we accomplish this if...

  • We have no idea of how pain works in the body?
  • We don't know how these injuries occur in the first place?
  • We don't have any idea of how long it takes to rehabilitate these injuries?
  • We don't know how to modify so our athletes don't get hurt further?
  • You can see how this becomes a big problem, plus there aren't many resources out there that propose a solution.

Therapists need help too!

I can't tell you how many times I've had a patient of mine come from another doctor or therapist who told them what they were doing in the gym was stupid.  This is probably the best way to drive away patients.  Not only that but it was absolutely not helpful for the patient.  There was such an absolute lack of rapport built from the healthcare provider it drove the patient running away.  Ultimately, there becomes a lack of trust between athletes and physical therapists and doctors.

On top of that, how many health care providers really have a solid grasp on training?  Who can actually coach someone through a clean and jerk or snatch?  Who really assess and correct mobility limitations in an overhead squat?  Who can provide an in depth program to help athletes return to heavy push jerks?  It takes a ton of in depth knowledge between two different fields to accomplish this.  

 ​These things definitely aren't taught in school.  Even with a doctorate in physical therapy many therapists are still lacking in these grey areas.  

Meanwhile, athletes are left to suffer with shoulder pain and no one to help them...

How are we going to get back to what we love???

Olympic Lifts?

Pull-ups and Muscle-ups?

Bench Press?

So here's the problem in a nutshell...

  • Shoulder Injuries are Rampant
    Remember, shoulder pain is one of the most common issues Dave and I treat.
    • Coaches and Trainers Aren't Thoroughly Equipped to Deal with Shoulder Injuries
      As a coach or trainer it isn't your job to rehabilitate your athletes' shoulders.  Remember that coaches and trainers don't get this information with their education.
    • Physical Therapists Don't Understand Their Patient's Goals or Needs
      Therapists don't always understand what their patients are trying to get back to.  They also routinely lack the skills and knowledge to get their athletes back.
      • Athletes Don't Trust Healthcare Providers
        Due to a lack of understanding and knowledge of what our athletes want to get back to, athletes become weary of advice from medical professionals.
        • Athletes Get Bad Advice
          Athletes are left looking for advice from sub-par sources like friends or online forums.  Often times this information is inaccurate and potentially dangerous.
          • Shoulder Pain is Never Resolved or Gets Worse...

So what are we to do?

In reality, we need science driven, evidence based advice from experts who do this for a living. You also need guidance from experts who actually understand what you're trying to get back to.  You need someone who walks the talk. You need someone who trains like you and has a proven track record of helping others get to where you want to be...

So who are we and why should you listen to us?

Hi I'm Dan Pope,

​I have a doctorate in physical therapy, am an orthopedic clinical specialist and a certified strength and conditioning specialist.

I have over 10 years of ​experience as a personal trainer and coach.

I've competed as a Division 1 athlete at Rutgers University as a polevaulter, won a state and national championship in the sport of strongman and have competed twice at the crossfit regionals.​

I travel and speak nationally on the topics of rehabilitation and injury prevention​.

I've worked with athletes from all levels ranging from your average Joe and Jane  up to the professional, olympic and crossfit games level athlete.  

I collaborate with some of the smartest therapists in the world to provide elite level care at Champion Physical Therapy and Performance in Boston MA.

Most importantly, rehabilitation and performance is what I've devoted my life toward.  It is absolutely my passion in life.  I work with patients every day that I'm alive helping them to get out of pain and back to training.  I'm a huge believer in walking the walk and talking the talk.

Hey I'm Dave Tilley, 

I have my doctorate in Physical Therapy, a board certification in Sports Physical Therapy, and also have my Certified Strength and Conditioning Certification.

I spent 15 years as a gymnast, with 4 years competing collegiately on the Springfield College Men's team.  I have also been coaching competitive gymnastics for 10 years. ​​

I have been very fortunate to learn from and work with a huge range of athletes struggling with shoulder issues. I have been able to help athletes ranging from recreational fitness all the way up to elite level gymnasts, professional athletes, Division 1 athletes, CrossFit Games competitors, and more.  This has given me the opportunity to help with the rehabilitative process, all the way up through the competitive performance arena. 

There is nothing I love more than studying scientific research and applying it in the clinic to help athletes with shoulder issues get back to high level training. 

Dan and I have taken all of our thoughts, information and protocols and wrapped it up into this brand new course for people to learn from. We are excited that it is finally available for public release, and we hope you enjoy it!

Announcing our solution to this problem

PEAK Shoulder Performance 

Peak Shoulder Performance is the culmination of years of education and in the trenches experience that Dave and I have gathered over time to help our athletes get out of shoulder pain and back to the gym.

It is a series of educational webinars that will run you through exactly why your shoulders get injured and just how we like to get those shoulders out of pain for good.  We cover a ton of information: 

  1. Functional Shoulder Anatomy: What parts of the shoulder are most relevant to your understanding of injury and performance?
  2. The Most Common Shoulder Injuries Seen in the Gym: Shoulder impingement, rotator cuff tears, biceps tendonitis, AC joint injuries, bursitis and labral tears
  3. Learn exactly why we think these injuries are occurring
  4. Technical Errors: Advice on where injuries occur in the major lifts and how to fix this
  5. Advanced Rehabilitation Strategies: Learn how to bridge the gap between basic rehabilitation and high level performance
  • Progressive Return to Exercise Programs - Specific exercise protocols to help you return back to pull-ups, bench press, muscle-ups, snatching, jerks and overhead pressing
  • Programming and Training Strategies - Learn the training principles and programming philosophies to write a training program to reach your goals and keep your shoulders performing
  • Maintenance Programs - Once you get out of pain, strategies to keep those shoulders bulletproof throughout the training year
  • Modifications - Learn how to modify shoulder exercises when athletes have pain so they can continue working toward their goals without getting hurt further.

Click on the video to the right to check out a preview of the course:

So What Does the Course Cover?

Module 1 - What the Shoulder REALLY Needs

51 minutes

Module 2 - Shoulder Impingement Syndrome, Cuff and Labral Tears

2 hours 15 minutes

Module 3 - AC Joint Injuries, Sprains, Distal Clavicle Osteolysis

23 minutes

Module 4 - Strains, Sprains and Ruptures

34 minutes

Module 5 - Advanced Rehab and Return to High Level Fitness

2 hours 20 minutes

Module 6 - Programming + Yearly Training Concepts - Medical 

49 minutes

Module 7 - Yearly Programming and Training Principles for Lifelong Shoulder Health

62 minutes

Module 8 - Programming and Yearly Programming Concepts - Coaches and Athletes

54 minutes

Module 9 - Return to pressing, pulling, olympic lifts and muscle-ups Master Sheet

Excel Spreadsheet

Bonus 1 - Optimizing Overhead Pressing Technique

Bonus 2 - Optimizing Overhead Squat Technique

Bonus 3 - Horizontal Rowing Variations for Resilient Shoulders

Curious about what the course looks like on the inside?  Here's some course content...

How to Return to Overhead Press After Shoulder Injury

Anatomy of Shoulder Impingement, Rotator Cuff and Labral Tears

How Shoulder Impingement and Rotator Cuff Tears Occur

So Who is This Course For?


One of the over reaching goals of this product was to help the every day athlete learn more about their shoulder pain and find ways to get out of pain and stay that way.  We ​had you foremost in mind when creating this product.

Coaches and Trainers

Unfortunately there isn't much good continuing education out there for trainers who wish to learn more about shoulder injury.  We educate you fully on shoulder injury and prevention with specific emphasis on the variables that YOU can control with your athletes.

Physical Therapists, Chiropractors and Physicians

Peak Shoulder Performance is exactly how we treat and rehabilitate our patients with shoulder pain on a daily basis.  We'll give you the exact tools to learn how to rehabilitate athletes of all levels and then extra skills to keep them safe over time.

What People Are Saying About PEAK Shoulder Performance

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Jason Leydon - Head Coach Crossfit Milford

Jay has coached over 30 Crossfit games competitors with 9 podium place winners.  He has also coached international powerlifting record holders and nationally ranked weightlifters.

"Dave and Dan have undoubtedly created an amazing course.  This is something that all gym owners, coaches, and athletes should have.  Movement is number one, and if you are looking to create loyalty, and bring the best possible service to your athletes, then this is where you need to start". 

Mike Reinold - Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer

World renowned leader in the field of sports medicine.  Former head athletic trainer and physical therapist for the Boston Red Sox.  Published over 50 journal articles and textbook chapters.  

“Peak Shoulder Performance is an amazing resource for rehabilitation specialists, strength coaches and even fitness athletes themselves that want to truly understand how the shoulder works and why shoulder pain is so common.  Unfortunately, traditional rehab often misses the boat by not understanding the unique demands of the high level fitness athlete.  Luckily Dan and Dave have been working with high level athletes for years and have finally put together their process on how to return from injury and also preventing future injuries from occurring".

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Ryan Debell - Chiropractor

Ryan is a chiropractor, international speaker and thought leader in the world of fitness and rehabilitation.  He runs the company "The Movement Fix" where he helps people become strong, pain free and move well.

"Peak Shoulder Performance is an absolute monster.  After this course you'll have an in-depth understanding of the shoulder, how injuries occur, how to rehab injuries and also how to prevent them.  Dave and Dan have put together a great product".

Here's "What You Get" 

  • 11 Detailed Modules Packed with in Depth Information
  • 13+ Hours of Video and Webinar Footage
  • 24/7 Online Access - Consume the information in the comfort of your home
  • Downloadable Power Point Presentations
  • Exactly how shoulders get hurt in the gym and how you can rehabilitate back to your favorite movements and stay pain free for the long haul

PEAK Shoulder Performance

  • I've easily spent well over $1,000 on programs that honestly contain far less content than this course.  Dave and I both feel so strongly that this information NEEDS to get out to the community that we've dropped the price tag to a fraction of the cost of most other courses.

Compare that to most other shoulder courses out there and you've already saved a thousand dollars. On top of all of this you'll be saving all of the time, pain and money that comes with future shoulder injuries

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