Shoulder Arm Return to Sport

Want to know that your athletes are ready to return to sport after a shoulder injury?

Learn the SARTS tests and be confident that your athletes are ready to safely return to sport

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Background Lectures

The course starts with an introduction as to why the SARTS test are necessary. there are other background lectures on psychological aspects of return to play, time vs. criteria, and a review of other physical performance tests that have been published in the literature. This section sets the scene so you understand why the SARTS tests are necessary

Learn the SARTS tests

Each of the 8 SARTS tests are reviewed in detail. The development of the tests is revealed, and the results of reliability and normative data are discussed. Pass / fail criteria for each of the tests are documented so you can be sure you are doing the tests reliably

SARTS accreditation exam

At the end of the course there is an accreditation exam. There are over 30 videos for you to score. You must count to tests in each video and enter them into the score card. If you get over 70% correct, you will become an accredited SARTS practitioner

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Course details

This course has been designed to help you know when your athlete/patient is safely able to return to sport, so you can minimise the risk of their future injury. There are background lectures and the course then outlines each of the 8 SARTS tests, so that you understand the construct it is measuring and normative values for each of the tests. There are step-by-step instructions on how to perform each test, complete with downloadable instruction sheets. Finally, there is an online accreditation exam you can sit, so that you can become an accredited SARTS practitioner, and can perform these tests reliably in your own clinical environment.

An interview with Margie Olds

Margie explains the purpose of the SARTS tests, why they are necessary for clinicians and the reasons behind the online course


"There is limited research on upper extremity physical performance tests to determine an athlete’s readiness to return to sport after a shoulder injury. The Shoulder Arm Return to Sports (SARTS) test battery evaluates an athlete’s strength, endurance, mobility, and power of the upper extremity kinetic chain. It was my pleasure to work with Margie Olds in the designing the reliability study of these tests. I believe SARTS provides additional assessments for clinicians to use in evaluating a patient’s readiness to return to the field of play. Margie has created a simple and contemporary approach to teach the SARTS battery to enhance clinicians understanding of how to perform and score the tests. "

Professor Tim Uhl
Professor Athletic Training University of Kentucky

"‘I really enjoyed learning the SARTS test in this online course. The background lectures were informative and really set the scene for why these SARTS tests are so necessary. Margie was really responsive to any questions I had, and it enabled me to confidently learn these tests, at my own pace, in the comfort of my own home…’ "

Lisa Hansen
Director, Lisa Hansen Physiotherapy

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