ArmCare Specialist Certification

Become an expert in data-led player development

How it Works

Generalized programs in training the throwing arm are ineffective and can cause further imbalances and strength deficits. Coaches are seeking ways to individualize, but lack tools and resources until now.

Discover the Benefits

In the ArmCare Specialist course you learn new key metrics evaluated using player-led dynamometry and range of motion testing.  And how to successfully integrate those metrics into customized programs for your athletes. This education is a must for any coach or clinician who wants to get the most out of their players and advance throwing health, velocity and command.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Improve Throwing arm Performance and Health
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Designed to Advance Assessment and Training Practices

We are focused on teaching you how to improve throwing arm performance and health through creating individualized training programs based on dynamometry and range of motion assessments. Fatigue is the number one injury risk factor associated with throwing arm injuries as it causes weakness and compensation in throwing delivery. A program implemented without assessment may add to fatigue and create further strength deficits that can reduce resistance to throwing stress and cause poor performance.

Arm strength and range of motion are evaluated through 6 important measures focused on relative strength, shoulder balance, strength velocity ratios, arm fatigue, arm recovery and arm readiness. By having advanced knowledge of these ground breaking metrics, coaches, sports medicine specialists and athletes will be able to make the right decisions in adjusting training and workload and establish a strong performance process through our Player-First Approach that organizes observation, communication, implementation and evaluation of data.

Once complete, you will be a Certified ArmCare Specialist and be able to present your credentials publicly. The credential tells people that you are a baseball performance professional that deeply understands how to monitor the throwing arm and thinks critically in making throwing and training program adjustments to guide athletes in reaching their dreams.

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Extensive education: over 9 sections comprised of 30+ videos

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Understand the performance factors that are improved by dynamometry

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Learn how to formulate an effective and streamlined monitoring, communication, individualized training and evaluation process for your athletes

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Comprehend multi-dimensional monitoring criteria called Key Performance Metrics and how training and throwing programs are adjusted based on data

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Master testing procedures that involve fixed dynamometry including testing frequencies to ensure continuous and consistent measurements

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Learn about watch, warning and medical alerts concerning relative strength, shoulder balance, strength velocity ratios, arm fatigue and arm recovery measures

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Learn how to use an athlete management system to decrease time to action and access raw data for customized analyses

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Acquire deep understanding of how to algorithmically train athletes based on data that includes preparation, strength and recovery practices and templates

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Understand our SPEAR training concept that involves new training approaches based on cross-education training research

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Separate yourself from your competition in scouting and player development by including strength analytics in player projection and individualized training programs

“The ArmCare Specialist Certification Course is a very detailed course that matches up with the philosophy I have as an Athletic Trainer. This certification course gives you all of the details to need to fully understand the implementation of the ArmCare platform and how to best utilize the data obtained. The evidence-based information ArmCare has used to develop their platform and certification course allows me to make an all-encompassing approach to healthcare with the subjective, objective and performance data. The instant data you receive from the dynamometers allows you, your coaches, and strength & conditioning coaches to adjust an individual’s program so you can manage their volume daily, weekly, and monthly. Their coaches platform is easy to navigate and allows you to view your entire teams data. I would recommend this platform and certification to any overhead sport clinician who manages shoulder and elbow injuries.”

– Jarrett Schweim MS, ATC, LAT
University of Florida Baseball Athletic Trainer

“The ArmCare Specialist Course is one of the best courses I have taken. It has a great balance of background research, clinical expertise and actionable points. Whether you are new to the baseball industry, or have been working with baseball players for years, this course will likely revolutionize the way you monitor and intervene with your athletes.”

– Justin Dudley, PT, DPT, SCS
Founder Cascade Sports Injury Prevention & Physical Therapy
Clinical Faculty University of Colorado School of Medicine obert Henry

“I was first introduced to the ArmCare team in 2020, and was immediately impressed not just with the powerful and intuitive app they were building but with the ambitious vision they shared towards changing the way baseball approaches arm health, preparation and performance from little league to the highest levels of baseball.”

– Ben Brewster – Tread Athletics

Course Curriculum

The ArmCare Specialist Course includes 9 online course modules worth 6 contact hours of continuing education.

1. Introduction to Specialist Course

– Future Vision for Player Development & Scouting
– How data-led training can make you a better coach
– Major Causes of the Injury Epidemic
– Assessment Tools
– Arm Soreness & Pain
– Importance of arm strength

2. Monitoring Framework

– Performance Pyramid
– Player first approach
– Observation Types

3. Measurement Strategies

– Observation Windows
– Exam Types
– Exam Frequency
– Range of Motion Tests
– Strength Tests
– Data Capture Features

4. Key Metric & Action Alerts

– Relative Strength
– Shoulder Balance
– Strength Velocity Ratio
– Arm Fatigue
– Arm Recovery
– Other Metrics to Consider

5. Athlete Management

– Technology Summary
– Coaches Portal Screens
– Accountability & Wellness
– CSV Analysis

6. Advanced Decision Making

– Data-Led Coaches Adjustments
– Decision Making Matrices

7. Velocity Enhancement Training Checklist

– Velocity Enhancement Programming
– Velocity Enhancement Research
– Biomechanics of Holds
– Off Season Integration
– Training Age
– Performance Measures
– Inclusion Criteria for Velo Programs

8. Data-Led Training
– Fatigue Induced Injury Model
– Cross Education Training
– SPEAR Training Algorithm
– Future of Data-led Training 
– Rate of Torque Development
– Max Strength Endurance
– Customized Training Platform
9. Team/Facility Intergration
– Exam Workflow
– Fresh Exam Schedule
– Player First Approach
– Data Review
– Action Plan
10. Course Summary

– Section Review
– Certificate- ArmCare Specialists
– ArmCare Community Membership

Understand the Performance Pyramid for Throwing Athletes (Health - Velocity - Command)
  • Students will be able to explain factors that are associated with altered arm position that can lead to injury.  
  • Students will be able to delineate key attributes associated with Health. Velocity and Command that are related to altered throwing arm position and barriers in maintaining repeatable throwing deliveries. 
  • Students will be able to describe velocity enhancement principles including key biomechanical indicators associated with high velocity throwing from which clinicians need to address in later stages of rehabilitation. 
  • Students will be able to recognize strength and range of motion derivatives to advance arm speed that involves the Strength-Velocity Ratio (lbs/mph) 
  • Students will be able to summarize command principles including key metrics that are indicative of changes in throwing accuracy and connect such elements to strength and range of motion data.
  • Students will recognize when to communicate with patient’s skill coaches to assess mechanics in their athletes that may be contributing to poor performance and fatigue.
Analyze the Major Causes of Throwing Arm Injury Evidenced from Published Literature
  • Students will be able to identify major causes of injury and interpret the quality of published studies through effect size calculations in determining the best evidenced-based approach to training, workload management, and biomechanics.  
  • Students will identify the continuum of fatigue to movement compensation as it relates to the biomechanical causes of injury and apply fatigue metrics in determining how to scale training so that the throwing arm is not over or under-trained.
  • Students will be able to identify biomechanical causation of injuries and apply shoulder imbalance metrics in dynamometry and range of motion restrictions in remediating such asymmetries.
Understand the Technical Considerations in Strength and Range of Motion Testing
  • Students will recognize errors in using portable dynamometry in their clinical and team settings.
  • Students will be able to apply a thorough dynamic warm-up routine with their patients and interpret maximum force attributes during the warm-up process.
  • Students will be able decipher the differences between the current strength and range of motion testing technologies and will recognize their advantages and limitations as it relates to their clinical approaches.
Interpret Throwing Arm Strength and Range of Motion Analytics
  • Students will be able to classify arm strength analytics that is meaningful to assessing fatigue, recovery, and weakness. 
  • Students will be able to determine when athletes indicate poor function, imbalance, and normalized weakness in strength
  • Students will be able to evaluate the intersection of strength and range of motion to determine when strength and tendon length relationships are out of balance.
Relate Training for the Throwing Arm with Dynamometry and Range of Motion
  • Students will be able to distinguish the training hierarchy in the SPEAR training model to advance performance and minimize injury risk
  • Students will match range of motion and arm strength data with the correct training approach in the SPEAR model in creating individualized training programs based on fatigue, inhibited recovery, and weakness. 
  • Students will categorize the appropriate exercise selections based on strength and range of motion data that are aligned with the SPEAR model of training.
Dynamometry and Range of Motion Testing Integration for Individual, Team, and Clinical Environments
  • Students will be able to design an appropriate schedule for testing, including how to rotate patients or athletes between stations to minimize time in analyzing changes in strength and range of motion. 
  • Students will be able to explain the important aspects involved in the pre-exam warm-up to prepare the athlete for competition, as well as reduce any risk of pain and discomfort prior to testing for maximum strength.
Performance Pyramid for Throwing Athletes (Health - Velocity - Command)
  • Students will be able to explain factors that are associated with altered arm position that can lead to injury.  
  • Students will be able to delineate key attributes associated with Health. Velocity and Command that are related to altered throwing arm position and barriers in maintaining repeatable throwing deliveries. 
  • Students will be able to describe velocity enhancement principles including key biomechanical indicators associated with high velocity throwing from which clinicians need to address in later stages of rehabilitation. 
  • Students will be able to recognize strength and range of motion derivatives to advance arm speed that involves the Strength-Velocity Ratio (lbs/mph) 
  • Students will be able to summarize command principles including key metrics that are indicative of changes in throwing accuracy and connect such elements to strength and range of motion data.
  • Students will recognize when to communicate with patient’s skill coaches to assess mechanics in their athletes that may be contributing to poor performance and fatigue.
The Major Causes of Throwing Arm Injury Evidenced from Published Literature
  • Students will be able to explain major causes of injury and interpret the quality of published studies through effect size calculations in determining the best evidenced-based approach to training, workload management, and biomechanics.  
  • Students will describe the continuum of fatigue to movement compensation as it relates to the biomechanical causes of injury and apply fatigue metrics in determining how to scale training so that the throwing arm is not over or under-trained.
  • Students will be able to describe biomechanical causation of injuries and apply shoulder imbalance metrics in dynamometry and range of motion restrictions in remediating such asymmetries.
Technical Considerations in Strength and Range of Motion Testing
  • Students will recognize errors in using portable dynamometry in their clinical and team settings.
  • Students will be able to execute a thorough dynamic warm-up routine with their patients and interpret maximum force attributes during the warm-up process.
  • Students will be able to explain the differences between the current strength and range of motion testing technologies and will recognize their advantages and limitations as it relates to their clinical approaches.
Interpretation of Throwing Arm Strength and Range of Motion Analytics
  • Students will be able to classify arm strength analytics that is meaningful to assessing fatigue, recovery, and weakness. 
  • Students will be able to determine when athletes indicate poor function, imbalance, and normalized weakness in strength
  • Students will be able to synthesize and evaluate the intersection of strength and range of motion to determine when strength and tendon length relationships are out of balance.
Integrative Training for the Throwing Arm that Intersects Dynamometry and Range of Motion
  • Students will be able to distinguish the training hierarchy in the SPEAR training model to advance performance and minimize injury risk
  • Students will match range of motion and arm strength data with the correct training approach in the SPEAR model in creating individualized training programs based on fatigue, inhibited recovery, and weakness. 
  • Students will categorize the appropriate exercise selections based on strength and range of motion data that are aligned with the SPEAR model of training.
Dynamometry and Range of Motion Testing Integration for Individual, Team, and Clinical Environments
  • Students will be able to design an appropriate schedule for testing, including how to rotate patients or athletes between stations to minimize time in analyzing changes in strength and range of motion. 
  • Students will be able to explain the important aspects involved in the pre-exam warm-up to prepare the athlete for competition, as well as reduce any risk of pain and discomfort prior to testing for maximum strength.

About Ryan Crotin

PhD, CSCS, RSCC

Dr. Ryan Crotin is the Vice President of ArmCare.com focusing on global adoption of individualized training and assessment through a data-led approach. He also is the driving force behind ArmCareU and the ArmCare Elite community, being a comprehensive educational stream and network to advance baseball health and performance.

Ryan completed his PhD at the University at Buffalo studying fatigue-induced movement compensations in baseball pitchers.

His post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Pennsylvania focused on joint function and biomechanics to determine potential causes of throwing injuries.

His latest position in MLB was Director of Performance Integration for the Los Angeles Angels overseeing strength and conditioning efforts and sport science to apply physiologic-based data to improve the way athletes are coached, receive clinical care, and scouting as it relates to athletic profiling for the amateur draft.

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