Elbow Biomechanics and Rehab of the Overhead Throwing Athlete
Section: Sports PT Section
Session Code: SP-1A-8804
Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 202AB

Speaker(s):   Arnel Aguinaldo, PhD
  Rafael Escamilla, PT, PhD
  Mike Reinold, PT, DPT, ATC, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
  Kevin Wilk, DPT, FAPTA
  Kyle Yamashiro, PT, CSCS

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

It is estimated that 10% to 25% of all pro baseball pitchers have undergone ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction. The speakers recently investigated the biomechanics of pro baseball pitchers with and without a history of UCL reconstruction and reported that pitching mechanics are similar between pro pitchers with and without UCL reconstruction. With an increasing number of youth pitchers also sustaining injuries to the UCL, it is important to understand current rehabilitation techniques. With such a large prevalence, it's also vital for baseball organizations, coaches, players, biomechanists, and medical professionals to know whether pitchers returning from UCL have optimal mechanics, abnormal mechanics associated with increased valgus loading, or abnormal mechanics as compensation from UCL reconstruction. The speakers examine risk factors as well as how elbow valgus loading is directly related to a number of kinematic and kinetic factors associated with baseball pitching. The speakers also present surgical treatment options and outcomes, assess rehabilitation after UCL reconstruction, discuss training techniques to prevent UCL injuries as well as the role of Orthopaedics Sectionbiologics in the surgical and rehabilitation process, and examine the relationship of segmental energy flow and elbow valgus load during baseball pitching.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Define and compare elbow valgus loading and pitching biomechanics in professional pitchers with and without UCL reconstruction, and list the relationship of segmental energy flow and elbow valgus load during baseball pitching.

2. Explain how elbow valgus loading is related to pitching kinematics and kinetics.

3. Identify risk factors in UCL injury and injury prevention techniques in youth and adults.

4. Describe UCL rehabilitation in baseball pitchers.

CEU: 0.2

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