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Rehabilitation of the Throwing Shoulder

presented by Robert Donatelli

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Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Taking care of the shoulder in overhead throwing activities is a complex task. This course provides a detailed review of the mechanics of overhead throwing. Dr. Robert Donatelli further discusses the assessment of the shoulder to determine muscle deficits and soft tissue restrictions such as gross internal rotation deficit. At the end of the course, the student will be able to identify the shoulder mechanics specific to the overhead throwing athlete, and assess the joint posture, muscle alignment, and soft tissue limitations.

Meet Your Instructor

Robert Donatelli, PhD, PT

From March of 2004 to August of 2004 Dr. Donatelli worked as a physical therapist on the PGA tour helping treat injuries sustained by the golf professionals. In addition, he has served as a Physical Therapy Consultant to the Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Teams. Donatelli has lectured throughout the United States,…

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1. Biomechanics of the Shoulder

It is important to understand the mechanics of the shoulder in order to be able to restore the important components that improve performance and facilitate the rehabilitation of the athlete. This chapter provides an in-depth introduction to the biomechanics of the shoulder and how they are impacted in the overhead throwing athlete.

2. Phases of Throwing

Chapter Two identifies the shoulder mechanics of the overhead throwing athlete from early cocking phase to acceleration/deceleration. This chapter further includes muscle activity during the different phases.

3. Pathophysiology of the Overhead Athlete’s Shoulder

This chapter covers several pathophysiologies of the overhead athlete’s shoulder, particularly focusing on GIRD. This section includes the physiology behind these conditions, stretches for rehabilitation, and treatment of these conditions.

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