Welcome to Return to Throwing Program
This is an evidence-based outline to allow the athlete to return to throwing in a safe, progressive way. This has been formulated by physical therapists, athletic trainers, and strength coaches with extensive pro-team and adolescent/adult sports medicine experience.
The act of throwing is incredibly stressful to the shoulder. Some have suggested the force generated in throwing by the strong anterior (front) shoulder muscles generates the same force exhibited during a dislocation.Gill The passive braking system, the labral cartilage as well as the active braking system, the rotator cuff takes on much stress trying to decelerate or slow the arm after throwing. Therefore, it is crucial after an injury or returning to throwing after a layoff that an athlete embarks on a return to throwing program. We also recommend you follow the specialty program, Throwing Racket Sport Progression as you follow the return to throwing program.
As you follow the return throwing program give yourself a rest in-between sets of throwing (7-10 minutes). This, mimics what a pitcher would do in between innings. Go for a jog, take some ground balls or do some hitting to take up the time between sets of throwing.
**IMPORTANT: Always consult your physician or qualified health care provider before using any of the information or programs on this website. If you use any information or exercise programs on this page or web site, and experience any pain, fatigue, shortness of breath or other physical symptoms, you must immediately stop and call your physician or other qualified health care provider.