The UF Health Throwers 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. However, in times where surgical treatment is needed, our team of sports medicine fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons are available for surgical consultation and, if necessary, surgery. Our services can include a clinical visit with a doctor and physical therapy, throwing motion analyses and debriefing, exercise prescription or a full comprehensive service for all of the services together.
We use a unique, client-driven approach that combines history gathering, kinetic chain review and assessment of environmental factors. Our goal is 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.
People engaged in throwing sports can experience as wide array of overuse injuries including injuries affecting not just the shoulder or elbow, but also the spine, hamstrings, and other locations.
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: