The premier dry needling course for athletic trainers. The first of a two-course certification.



Although not all athletic trainers' state boards have approved dry needling by athletic trainers or have a defined position on the topic, an increasing number of athletic trainers are being trained in dry needling. According to a recent study, 89% of the dry needling competencies are provided through entry-level education within the AT 5th Edition Competencies leaving 11% of dry-needling-specific education for post-graduate continuing education course programs. Myopain Seminars has been teaching dry needling courses since 1996 (!) and throughout the years, we have trained many athletic trainers. Dr. Jan Dommerholt, President and CEO of Myopain Seminars, has taught dry needling courses to the clinical staff of numerous universities, professional sports teams within the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, and organizations such as the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), and the Women’s Association of Tennis Professionals (WTA), and many of these courses have included athletic trainers.

We are excited to announce that Myopain Seminars has launched a Dry Needling course program designed for athletic trainers and taught by athletic trainers. Myopain Seminars is an approved BOC course provider (P8248). 

Course Description

The DN-AT 1 course features a brief introduction to the history of dry needling, trigger points, and myofascial pain, an in-depth review of possible adverse events, the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standards within the context of dry needling, and an introduction to pain sciences relevant to athletic training. Many muscles commonly addressed in clinical practice are included, such as the infraspinatus, deltoid, triceps, biceps, brachialis, brachioradialis, wrist extensors, supinator and anconeus, the pectoralis major, latissimus dorsi and subscapularis (partially) muscles, the gluteal muscles (minimus, medius, and maximus), the tensor fascia latea, the hip adductor muscles, the quadriceps and hamstrings, and gastrocnemius and soleus muscles.

Students will review the anatomy, function, and dry needling techniques for each muscle. The course will also address when and how to incorporate dry needling into athletic training for amateur and professional athletes.




Who Should Attend

This course is designed for athletic trainers.

Required Textbook

Trigger Point Dry Needling: An Evidence and Clinical-Based Approach, 2nd Edition By Jan Dommerholt and Fernández-de-las-Peñas. 

Course Discounts

Multiple discounts are available, i.e., active military, veterans, university faculty, multiple course discounts, among others.

Required Reading

If you have not purchased or received the required textbook prior to the class, you would need to complete the required reading after the course or during the evening hours of the course. The following chapters are required reading for the DN-AT 1 course: Chapters 1, 5 and 6. Sections of chapters 7-12 describing the muscles that are included in the DN-AT 1 course.

Course Objectives

  • Name at least 5 possible adverse events associated with dry needling
  • Demonstrate two different dry needling methods for the gluteus maximus muscle
  • Compare and contrast three basic principles of dry needling and trigger point injections
  • Perform four specific muscle and region-specific manual therapy treatments to inactivate myofascial trigger points
  • Demonstrate proper identification of the three key features of a trigger point
  • Demonstrate proper identification of 25 muscles of the body by surface anatomy and function
  • Describe the common referred pain pattern of 25 muscles covered in this course
  • Describe the utilization of DN in the recovery treatment program for an athlete
  • Describe the incorporation of DN into a treatment program prior to sports participation.

Course Schedule

Day 1

07:00 - 07:30


07:30 - 08:30

Pre-quiz & Review of Intro Lecture

08:30 - 09:30

Palpation Lab

09:30 - 09:45

Questions & Answers

09:45 - 10:45

Needle Handling Lab

10:45 - 11:45

OSHA, Blood Borne Pathogen

11:45 - 12:45


12:45 - 02:00


02:00 - 03:15


03:15 - 03:30

Questions & Answers

03:30 - 04:30

Biceps and Brachialis

04:15 - 05:30


05:30 - 06:30

Pectoralis major (axillary)

Day 2

07:00 - 07:30


07:30 - 08:30

Review of Intro to Pain Sciences

08:30 - 09:30

Lat Dorsi, Teres Maj/Min

09:30 - 09:45

Questions & Answers

09:45 - 11:15

Subscapularis (axillar approach)

11:15 - 12:15

Brachioradialis and Wrist Extensors

12:15 - 01:15


01:15 - 02:45


02:45 - 03:45

Review of the upper extremity

03:45 - 04:00

Questions & Answers

04:00 - 06:30

Gluteus max/med/min & TFL

Day 3

07:00 - 07:30


07:30 - 09:00

Adductor longus, brevis, magnus/gracilis

09:00 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:15

Questions & Answers

10:15 - 11:45

Quads and Hamstrings

11:45 - 12:45


12:45 - 01:45


01:45 - 02:30

Muscle Competency Check Off and Practice**

02:30 - 03:30

Review and Summary

Course CEUs

The Myopain Seminars DN-AT 1 course has been approved for 27 Category A continuing education units (CEUs) for Athletic Trainers. The BOC Approved Provider (AP) number is P8248.