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Sport Therapy for the Shoulder With Online Video: Evaluation, Rehabilitation, and Return to Sport

by Todd S. Ellenbecker and Kevin E. Wilk Human Kinetics
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In Sport Therapy for the Shoulder: Evaluation, Rehabilitation, and Return to Sport, readers will learn about best practices and evidence-based guidelines for assessing and treating patients’ shoulder injuries for re-entry into sport. Written by renowned physical therapists Todd S. Ellenbecker and Kevin E. Wilk, this text is a key resource for physical therapists, athletic trainers, sport chiropractors, massage therapists, strength and conditioning professionals, personal trainers, and other clinicians in sports medicine who work with patients recovering from shoulder injuries.


 Sport Therapy for the Shoulder guides readers systematically through functional anatomy and biomechanics of the shoulder, examination techniques and pathology, rehabilitation, and return-to-play progressions. The text provides evidence-based principles to assist clinicians in improving joint stabilization, strength, muscular endurance, and range of motion in the shoulder. Return-to-sport programs feature step-by-step progressions for sports including baseball, softball, golf, swimming, and tennis. Illustrated versions of the Thrower’s Ten and Advanced Thrower’s Ten exercise programs, which were developed by coauthor Kevin E. Wilk and colleagues, are provided in the appendix.


 The content is enhanced by more than 200 color photos and detailed illustrations that provide visual support and context for conducting specific evaluation and rehabilitation techniques. Additionally, 21 online video clips are available to complement the highly visual book and demonstrate how to perform specific evaluation tests. An image bank is available free to course adopters and is also available for professionals to purchase separately for use in presentations.


 The combination of foundational information, evidence-based guidelines, sport-specific return-to-sport programs, online videos, and colorful visual aids makes Sport Therapy for the Shoulder a must-have resource for clinicians who work with patients who have shoulder injuries. Not only will the book prove to be a valuable learning tool, but it will also be a reference that professionals can use continually in their practice.


Part I. Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Shoulder Complex

Chapter 1. Functional Anatomy of the Shoulder Complex

Joint Structure

Muscle Anatomy

Additional Anatomical Structures

Neurovascular Anatomy


Chapter 2. Mechanics of the Shoulder

Primary Biomechanical Principles

Throwing Mechanics

Tennis Serving and Swinging Mechanics

Volleyball Overheard Motions

Golf Swing Mechanics

Swimming Mechanics


Part II. Examination and Pathology of Shoulder Injuries

Chapter 3. Clinical Examination of the Shoulder

Subjective Evaluation (History)

Posture Evaluation

Scapular Evaluation

Evaluation of Glenohumeral Joint Range of Motion

Strength Evaluation

Functional Evaluation

Special Manual Orthopedic Shoulder Tests


Chapter 4. Injury Pathology of the Shoulder

Rotator Cuff Injury

Shoulder Instability

Labral Lesions and Tears


Part III. Rehabilitation of Shoulder Injuries

Chapter 5. Rehabilitation Progressions

Range of Motion Progression

Scapular Stabilization Methods and Progression

Rotator Cuff Exercise Progression


Chapter 6. Surgical Repair and Rehabilitation Protocols

Rotator Cuff Repair

Labral Repair


Part IV. Return to Sport

Chapter 7. Clinical Decision-Making for Return to Sport

Key Criteria for a Return to Sport Evaluation

Interval Throwing Program


Chapter 8. Interval Return to Sport Programs

Objective Criteria

Tennis Program

Baseball and Softball Program

Swimming Program

Golf Program


Todd S. Ellenbecker, DPT, MS, SCS, OCS, CSCS, is a physical therapist and clinic director for Physiotherapy Associates Scottsdale Sports Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he is also the national director of clinical research for Physiotherapy Associates. He is the vice president of medical services for the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour and current member and past chairman of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) national sport science committee. He is also a certified United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) tennis teaching professional. He is a certified sports clinical specialist, orthopaedic clinical specialist, and strength and conditioning specialist.

 Ellenbecker, who has more than 30 years of experience in physical therapy, has authored many books and articles in research journals and trade publications and is an international presenter on shoulder and elbow rehabilitation. He has also served on editorial boards for several journals.

 Among many other honors, Ellenbecker was named the Sports Medicine Professional of the Year (2003) by the National Strength and Conditional Association and received the Ronald G. Peyton Lecture Award (2007) by the Sports Physical Therapy Section and the Samuel Hardy Educational Merit Award (2008) by the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Kevin E. Wilk, PT, DPT, FAPTA, is the associate clinical director for Champion Sports Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama, as well as vice president of clinical education for Physiotherapy Associates. He is also the director of rehabilitative research at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham while also serving as the rehabilitation consultant for Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Wilk, who has been a physical therapist, researcher, and educator for more than 30 years, has also published many books and articles and book chapters in various medical journals and industry publications. He is an adjunct assistant professor in the physical therapy program at Marquette University and has presented his work and research worldwide.

Wilk received the Catherine Worthingham Fellowship in 2012 by the American Physical Therapy Association, the Turner A. Blackburn Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 by the Sports Physical Therapy Section (SPTS), the Ronald G. Peyton Lecture Award in 2004 by SPTS, and the James R. Andrews, MD, Award for Excellence in Baseball Sports Medicine in 1999 by the American Sports Medicine Institute.