Rehabilitation of the Overhead Athlete - 'Underneath' Factors Relevant to Overhead Function


The cost for this online course is $20. The estimated time to complete this course is 60 minutes. Learners will be asked to complete an activity post-assessment with a pass score of 75%.

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Once you register for the course, you will have 30 days from the date of enrollment to complete the course. The exact date that your access expires will be indicated within the Course Summary box on this webpage.

Target Audience

Healthcare professionals.

Educational Need

Overhead throwing athletes are at risk for injuries to the shoulder, elbow, and other upper extremity structures. Treatment of the overhead throwing athlete is one of the more challenging aspects of orthopedic sports medicine. Understanding of the throwing motion and the forces applied to the anatomical structures are essential to diagnosis and treatment.

What’s less well known is that lower extremity biomechanics can significantly impact injury risk and aide in injury prevention. Early detection of symptoms, followed by management with rest and rehabilitation may mitigate the need for surgical intervention. Healthcare providers should be aware of these approaches, as prevention of serious injury is more beneficial to the long-term health of the patient than surgical repair.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify risk factors associated with throwing-related injury.
  • Explain the mechanics of the lower half relative to throwing efficiency.
  • Describe common rehabilitation strategies for the overhead athlete.

Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Recording date: April 1, 2021
Date of original release: April 14, 2021
Most recent review/update: April 14, 2021
Termination date: April 13, 2024

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 1­B
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 IBON
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Course expires: 

Lauren Mach, PT, DPT, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy Clinic, Des Moines University


Shane McClinton, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, CSCS
Associate Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy Clinic, Des Moines University



Accreditation Statements

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this enduring materials activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 1-B credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.​
  • Other Healthcare Professionals: This enduring materials activity is designated for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


The planning committee member(s) and speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individuals have no financial conflicts with ineligible companies to disclose:

  • Lauren Mach, PT, DPT, ATC, speaker
  • Shane McClinton, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, CSCS, speaker


The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 1­B
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 IBON


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