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ADVANCE Perspective: Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

PT for Pitchers

Published June 21, 2010 4:16 PM by Brian Ferrie

One of the most anticipated continuing education sessions at PT 2010 was "Evaluation and Treatment of the Shoulder in Athletes Participating in Overhead Sports." It was a treat for the audience to learn from two true experts on the subject: Michael M. Reinold, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS, and Thomas J. Gill, MD. Dr. Reinold is the head athletic trainer and assistant director of medical services for the Boston Red Sox, while Dr. Gill is the medical director for the Red Sox, in addition to his role as chief of sports medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Both men expressed their excitement about presenting at the conference, a development made possible only because PT 2010 was held in Boston during a Red Sox homestand. The session took place the morning after a Red Sox victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, on the same day that Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez would make his much-hyped return to Fenway Park.

Drs. Reinold and Gill spent three hours discussing the unique stresses placed on the throwing shoulders of elite pitchers, as well as the intensive rehabilitation necessary to help these athletes return to full strength from injury. The presenters made significant use of biomechanical analysis and anatomical diagrams, also drawing several laughs from the audience as they related anecdotes from working for one of the most high-profile and historic teams in Major League Baseball. Keep an eye out for a full-length feature article about this fascinating presentation in an upcoming issue of Advance!

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