Throwing Evaluations :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Throwing Evaluations

 
Softball and baseball athletes ages 10 or older who suffer from pain or weakness during overhead throwing activities benefit from our throwing evaluations. 
 
Common symptoms our throwing evaluations examine include:
  • Shoulder pain
  • Elbow pain
  • Back pain
  • Difficulty throwing due to soreness or weakness

What is Assessed During a Throwing Evaluation?

When a thrower is referred for a throwing mechanics evaluation, a physical therapist will evaluate the patient’s flexibility, strength, and posture. The patient will be videotaped while throwing, including off of a mound if they pitch.

The video will be analyzed to evaluate for biomechanical deviations from efficient throwing mechanics that may be contributing to their symptoms.  A report and plan of care will be formulated to share with the referring physician and the family.

During a throwing evaluation, our team may assess:
  • Throwing mechanics using video analysis software
  • Shoulder, rotator cuff and scapular musculature strength
  • Shoulder and elbow ROM
  • Lower extremity flexibility and strength
  • Core strength
  • Posture
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