Overhead athletes of all ages are capable of accelerating their upper extremity to speeds that routinely exceed 7,000 degrees per second. The role of and interaction between the joints, tissues and segments involved in this process is very complex, and often results in injuries to the shoulder and elbow. This course will examine common areas of dysfunction in the overhead athlete through easy to digest biomechanical framework, which addresses the entire kinetic chain. Treatment approaches will emerge from an enhanced understanding of this framework and will be discussed in terms of manual techniques and appropriate treatment progression. By the end of the weekend, you’ll learn the mechanics of the throwing process to properly rehab a thrower plus how to look for issues that may have predisposed them for injury. While this course will focus on the throwing and pitching mechanics common to baseball and softball, we’ll also explore how these mechanics can be carried into volleyball, tennis, and football. This course will also lead to discussions concerning the climate of youth sports and specialization.
We’ll have fun in this course with live throwing demonstrations and video analysis that anyone can learn! As with all our manual therapy courses, this course is at least 75% hands-on lab, and will give you skills you can use immediately upon returning to the clinic.