Shoulder Range of Motion Deficits in Baseball Players With an Ulnar Collateral Ligament Tear

Shoulder Range of Motion Deficits in Baseball Players With an Ulnar Collateral Ligament Tear

 

 

(Garrison et al.; The American Journal of Sports Medicine; September 26, 2012)

 

  • 60 high school and collegiate baseball players participated, 30 with a diagnosed UCL tear and 30 without a UCL injury. Of the participants, there were 44 pitchers, 4 catchers, 5 infielders and 7 outfielders. Participants were measured for IR, ER and HA at 90 degrees of shoulder elevation and were also measured for elbow extension in a seated position.
  • Players with a UCL tear exhibited significantly greater deficits in TRM (total range of motion) compared to the control group of healthy baseball players. No group differences were present for GIRD (Glenohumeral internal rotation deficit). Pitchers with UCL tears also exhibited greater deficits in dominant shoulder ER than pitchers without a UCL tear.