33.13 - Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation of Throwing Athletes

Course Description

This monograph begins with a review of popular throwing sports and the throwing-related injuries to the upper extremity that are prevalent in each. Subjective and objective findings for common injuries are provided to aid in diagnosis. A biomechanical breakdown of the basic overhead throwing motion of baseball pitching and a comparison of that motion within different age groups are presented to the reader. A phased-rehabilitation approach is described for the overhead-throwing athlete using evidence-based interventions to reduce injury risk during rehabilitation and return to sport. Return to throwing guidelines and recommendations for arm care are discussed. The monograph concludes with four patient case scenarios to illustrate the application of clinical reasoning skills and integrate the concepts of evaluation and rehabilitation of throwing athletes. The four cases involve: (1) an 18-year-old male college javelin thrower, (2) a 15-year-old female softball player, (3) a screening for injuries for a local baseball organization, and (4) a 15-year-old football-baseball player.

Course Overview

Course Format: Online

Contact Hours: 5 contact hours

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Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation of Throwing Athletes

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Online Only
AOPT Member $50
Non-AOPT Member $65

Course Objectives

  1. Classify the phases of the throwing motion.
  2. Recognize common faults seen in the throwing motion.
  3. Identify and evaluate common shoulder and elbow pathologies in throwing athletes.
  4. Understand pertinent physiological and environmental considerations specific to pediatric throwing athletes.
  5. Implement a phased-rehabilitation approach to treating throwing athletes.
  6. Develop a return to throwing program for operative and non-operative management plans.
  7. Apply current return to sport and injury prevention recommendations to athlete educational interventions.

Topics and Authors

  • Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation of Throwing Athletes
    Daniel Kline, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC; Chelsea Martin, PT, DPT, SCS; Sarah Kate Peterson, PT, DPT, SCS; Kathleeen Shaughnessy, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS; Amanda Arnold, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, SCS