The UF Health Throwing Clinic was developed through expertise in reducing and preventing throwing-related injuries and maximizing sports performance—from the little leagues to the professionals. Our team of clinicians, sports performance specialists, physical therapists and others look at the throwing athlete as a whole person, not just focusing on one area of the body. We use evidence-based medicine, data and proven techniques to prevent overuse injuries and enhance throwing performance, enabling you to reach your full potential. Our services encompass coordinated care ranging from a clinical visit with a doctor, physical therapy, throwing motion analyses and debriefing, exercise prescription or a full comprehensive service for all of the services together. However, in times where surgical treatment is needed, we refer to UF fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons.
We use a unique, client-driven approach that combines history gathering, kinetic chain review and assessment of environmental factors. Our goal is to optimize throwing technique and prevent injury even among the most complex cases. We know how important it is to minimize time missed when an injury occurs, so an evaluation should be performed as soon as possible to facilitate optimal recovery.
The PMR DIFFERENCE: We have an international reputation working with Olympic and Paralympic athletes, presenting at the International Olympic Committee World Conference and serving as Volunteer Team Physicians for events like the Baseball World Cup. We will provide you highest-level expertise to address your throwing related concerns.
Volunteer Team physician at the United States Olympic and Paralympic Trainer Center; Chief Medical Officer of the U18 Baseball World Cup for the World Baseball and Softball Confederation; Volunteer Team Physician for US U17 Women's Soccer; Chief Medical Officer for Team USA for the June 2023 Junior Parapanamerican Games
What injuries do we treat?
- Little League Shoulder
- Little League Elbow
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Biceps Injuries
- Shoulder Labral Injuries
- Stress Fractures in the Elbow and Upper Arm
- Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries (aka the Tommy John Injury)
- Lateral Epicondylitis
- Medial Epicondylitis
- Forearm Muscle Injuries
- Overuse Injuries (aka Dead Arm Syndrome)
- Stress Fractures in the Low Back (Pars Injuries)
- Hamstring Injuries
The main goal of the research performed in the Throwing Clinic is to prevent injuries and to improve treatment to get you back on the field of play healthy and safely! We use state of the art biomechanical evaluations help the athletes, coaches, and parents to understand the motions and forces involved in throwing. Below are some recent publications from our team:
In November 2021, Jason Zaremski, MD, the co-medical director of the University of Florida Adolescent and High School Sports Medicine Outreach Program, was invited to speak at the prestigious International Olympic Committee’s World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport in Monaco.