Evaluation and Management of Elbow Injuries in the Throwing Athlete

1 AMA PRA Category 1/ 1 BOC – Category A
Section CEUs: 1 CEU

Presenter Bio: Roger Ostrander, MD; Orthopaedic Surgeon

Disclosure: Neither the speaker or planners of this activity have any relevant relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Materials: Participants have no equipment or materials required to take this education course.

The biomechanics of the throwing athlete are frequently used to evaluate different elbow injury mechanisms. Understanding the elbow anatomy is vital for differential diagnosis within the joint. Overuse injuries in younger athletes are becoming more prevalent. Clinicians and physicians should recognize physical exam finding and adaptive changes to the throwing elbow. Different treatment and rehabilitation protocols were discussed to best ensure optimal healing. Evaluation and surgical interventions of other elbow injuries in throwers and rehabilitation protocols were discussed. As research on UCL treatments and elbow mechanisms continues to grow clinicians will have more treatment options to utilize in the sports medicine setting.


This course describes the basic biomechanics of the throwing elbow and the clinical aspects of valgus extension overload. Topics covered include, injuries to the UCL including research, surgery and outcomes.


Discuss and understand the biomechanics of the throwing elbow to better identify injuries.
Explain the different elbow injuries and the mechanisms that cause injury.
Recognize the importance of examining the shoulder and stress the importance of overuse injuries to athletes/patient.

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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Florida Medical Association. The Florida Medical Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.   

Baptist Health Care is accredited by the Florida Medical Association to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

Baptist Health Care designates this activity for a maximum of 1 hour(s) in AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Andrews Research & Education Foundation (BOC AP# P10024) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 1 of Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.