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Sports Medicine

Musculoskeletal Exam Series

Funded by an ACEP Section Grant*, the ACEP Sports Medicine Section has created the following video tutorials to assist emergency physicians in their evaluation and diagnosis of musculoskeletal conditions in the ED. These videos provide overviews of high-yield, ED-focused physical exams of the musculoskeletal system. They can be used for quick reference in the ED, or as an instructional module for emergency medicine residency programs. We hope that you will increase your confidence in managing musculoskeletal complaints with this resource.

Thank you to the following ACEP Sports Medicine Section members for their contributions to this project:

Amanda Akins, DO
Yvonne Chow, MD, CAQSM, FACEP, Project Manager
Kylie Conroy, DO
Mark Conroy, MD
Katie Dolbec, MD
Alex Ebinger, MD, CAQSM
Jeffrey Feden, MD, FACEP
Eric Krueger, MD
Melissa Leber, MD, RDMS, RMSK
Nathan McNeil, MD, CAQSM, FACEP
Erin Morine, DO, MS
Brian Sloan, MD, FACEP
Anna Waterbrook, MD, CAQSM, FACEP
Cheyenne Wiseman, MD

Special thank you to ACEP staff Mary Beth Collins and Maude Suprenant Hancock for their assistance in this project.  

Questions about the content of the video tutorials?  Contact Dr. Yvonne Chow. 


Shoulder Exam




Lumbar Spine



Foot and Ankle

Publisher’s Notice

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) makes every effort to ensure that contributors to its publications, as defined by the United States Copyright Office, which includes, but is not limited to, distribution in printed materials, on the Internet, or in any other medium, are knowledgeable subject matter experts. Readers are nevertheless advised that the statements and opinions expressed in this publication are provided as the contributors’ recommendations at the time of publication and should not be construed as official College policy. ACEP recognizes the complexity of emergency medicine and makes no representation that this publication serves as an authoritative resource for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, or intervention for any medical condition, nor should it be the basis for the definition of or standard of care that should be practiced by all health care providers at any particular time or place. If drugs are mentioned, they generally are referred to by generic names; brand names might be added for easier recognition. Device manufacturer information, if provided, is listed according to style conventions of the American Medical Association. To the fullest extent permitted by law, and without limitation, ACEP expressly disclaims all liability for errors or omissions contained within this publication, and for damages of any kind or nature, arising out of use, reference to, reliance on, or performance of such information.

To contact ACEP, write to PO Box 619911, Dallas TX 75261-9911; or call toll-free 800-798-1822, or 972-550-0911.

Funding Acknowledgment

The development of this exam series was supported by a section grant of the American College of Emergency Physicians awarded to the ACEP Sports Medicine Section in 2014.

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