The Fitness Pain Free SHOULDER Course

master shoulder injury treatment, get your patients back in the gym and keep them there for good.

The shoulder is the most commonly injured joint in both CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting and constitutes 46% off all injuries sustained in these activities.

- Elkin et al. 2019

The FPf Shoulder Course is an educational program for clinicians and coaches that will revolutionize your understanding of shoulder rehabilitation, injury prevention and performance

The FPF Shoulder Course is THE Complete Educational Resource for Management of Shoulder Pain and Injuries in the Gym

Do You Work With These Populations and Want to Improve Your Skills for the Shoulder?

Olympic Weightlifters or People in the Sport of Fitness?

Power Lifters or Those That Enjoy Training Hard in the Gym?



As a physical therapist, I know there is a real lack of relevant information out there when working with people who enjoy Olympic weightlifting, bodybuilding, powerlifting, and fitness. It's challenging to find evidence-based yet practical rehabilitation tips. This is exactly what I do on a daily basis and what I plan on sharing with you.


A good coach requires a lot of things. They must know how to assess for mobility limitations, how to modify for athletes in pain, and how to prevent injuries in their athletes all while getting their clients towards their goals. This is no small task. I'll supply you with the tools to help set you apart from the competition.

What's in the Course?

Click on any of the boxes below to see the course curriculum...

Essential Coaching Series

Once you're on the inside of the program the first set of webinars is an entire educational course outlining the principles behind working with painful athletes.  I call it the "essential coaches series" and it represents all of the most important foundational learning to go through before consuming the rest of the content.

The Bench Press

  • Exercise Demonstration & Technical Key Points
  • Shoulder Pain in the Bench Press
  • Bench Press Principles and Modifications for Pain
  • Return to the Bench Press after Shoulder Pain Programs
  • Bonus Content

Handstand & Handstand Pushups

  • Exercise Demonstration & Key Technical Points
  • Breaking down Technique for the Handstand & HSPU
  • Shoulder Pain Principles & Modifications
  • HSPU Scaling for Strength Deficits
  • Return to HSPU after Shoulder Injury Program
  • Bonus Content

The Overhead Press

  • Overhead Press Introduction
  • Overhead Mobility Program
  • Overhead Press Principles & Modifications for Pain
  • Return to Overhead press after Shoulder Pain Programs
  • Bonus Content

Pull-ups & Kipping

  • C-Kipping Pull-up Technique & Demonstration
  • Toes to Bar Technique & Demonstration
  • How the Shoulder gets Hurt during Kipping Movements
  • Coaching Pull-ups, Toes to Bar & Butterfly Pull-ups
  • Strict Pull-ups, Principles & Modifications for Pain
  • Return to Kipping Movements after Shoulder Pain Program
  • Bonus Content

The Muscle-Up

  • Exercise Demonstration & Technical Key Points
  • Shoulder & Elbow Injuries in the Strict Muscle-Up
  • Breaking Down Technique for the Strict Muscle-Up
  • Technique and Injuries in the Kipping Muscle-Up
  • Muscle Up Mobility
  • Return to Muscle-Up after Shoulder Injury Program
  • Bonus Content

The Olympic Lifts

  • Clean & Jerk Demonstration & Points of Performance
  • Snatch Demonstration & Points of Performance
  • Jerk Technique & Execution
  • Ideal Overhead Positioning for the Snatch & Overhead Squats
  • Shoulder Injury in the Jerk
  • Mobility for the Front Rack
  • Overhead Mobility for the Jerk & Snatch
  • Front Rack Mobility Program
  • Return to Olympic Lifting after Injury Programs
  • Bonus Content

Push-Ups & Dips

  • Breaking down the Dip
  • Shoulder Stress Considerations in the Push-Up
  • Common Push-Up Errors
  • Bonus Content

Shoulder Pathology & Case Study

  • Subacromial Impingement Syndrome & Labral Pathology
  • AC Joint Pathology
  • Shoulder Instability & Labral Pathology
  • How to get out of Shoulder Pain & back in the Gym
  • Shoulder Pain Case Study
  • Bonus Content
  •  References

Learning Objectives:

  • Master evidence based treatment of the shoulder
  • Learn the most common mechanisms of injury for each exercise
  • Learn how to write and progress shoulder rehabilitation programs
  • Learn how to "dose" exercise to get people out of pain and back to training
  • Learn how to coach and optimize technique for all upper body movements 
  • Learn how to write effective injury prevention programs

Learn Optimal Exercise Modifications:

So people can keep working towards their strength and fitness goals without making their injury worse:

Utilize "Return to" Protocols

Get people back to bench press, overhead press, olympic lifts and more after shoulder injury:

Get up to date with the latest evidence based treatment of:

  • Subacromial Pain Syndrome
  • Rotator Cuff Pathology
  • Labral Pathology
  • Shoulder Instability
  • AC Joint Pathology
  • Biceps Tendon Pathology

and learn how to individualize your treatment towards the specific needs of your patient...

Shoulder Instability Preview

Rotator Cuff Related Pain Preview

Before Taking the Shoulder Course:

  • Not sure why your patient hurt their shoulder
  • Lack of confidence evaluating patient's shoulder injuries
  • Unsure of best treatments for shoulder pain
  • No guidance on proper exercise technique or execution
  • Don't know how to create rehabilitation programs
  •  Unaware of what people should and shouldn't continue doing in the gym after injury
  • No knowledge of how to prevent future shoulder issues
  • A patient panel of people you don't want to treat and no respect or trust from your community

After Taking the Shoulder Course:

  • Complete confidence with evaluating and treating the shoulder
  • Completely proficient writing rehabilitation programs
  • Master of modifications so people can continue training all throughout their rehabilitation
  • Expert guidance on how to prevent future injuries
  • Become the local expert on treating shoulder injuries in the gym
  • Have your day filled with treating the patients you love working with
  • Gain the respect and admiration of your community

About the Course Instructor

Dan is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and board certified orthopedic clinical specialist. Dan has been coaching and treating people in the strength and fitness world for over 16 years.

Dan speaks nationally and internationally on the topics of rehabilitation and injury prevention.  He is a former Division 1 pole vaulter, former state and national champion in strongman and competed twice at the CrossFit regionals.

Dan works with beginners up to national, professional and CrossFit games level athletes.  As founder and CEO of Fitness Pain Free, he helps people of all levels get out of pain and back to the training they love.


  • 47 Information Packed Lessons Delivered 100% Online
  • 20+ Hours of Educational Video Content  
  • 25+ PDF and Infographic Downloads
  • 24/7 Lifetime Online Access
  • Learn on Desktop, Tablet, or Mobile
  • A University Education on Working with Shoulder Injuries in the Gym
Get Started Now!

At Fitness Pain Free we pride ourselves on making sure our educational courses are the highest possible quality.

If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, just send us an email within 30 days of ordering and we will refund your entire order.


Is this a physical DVD or all online?

This course is 100% online through a platform called Kajabi.  There is no physical DVD.  The course can be accessed via any phone, tablet, or computer.

Can I get CEUs if I am a therapist, athletic trainer, or coach?

Unfortunately, due to the complexity and number of governing organizations, this course is not currently approved for CEU's. We are hoping to get courses approved in the future!

How long do I have access to this course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course (pending you are not sharing free access to friends!) for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

Are the information and terminology too complex for me?

Definitely not! Dan uses highly scientific information but works hard to explain complex things in a simple language. This is in an effort to help everyone understand, and also to help transfer the ideas to the gym the next day.

How much does the course cost?

The Ultimate Shoulder Course is by far the most comprehensive course I have built relating to Shoulder Injuries in the gym. The current price of the program is $399.00 but I do offer a sale on the program periodically throughout the year. 


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