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Exercises: • Ensure trunk stabilization -> shoulder linkages for force distribution • Plyometric exercises: double upper e.g. med ball throws to ground, side, overhead • Progress to single arm e.g. IR wall dribbles, IR throws against trampoline, supine 90-90 IR medicine ball toss • Can be performed at 90° abduction to improve IR/ER strength & throwing ability • Closed chain progressed e.g. suspension/TRX


MMT 5/5, HDD > 90% CONTRALATERAL SIDE ER90/IR90 > 70% PASS ON ALL FUNCTIONAL TESTS: 1. Med Ball Plyometric wall bounce: 2lbs x 60sec @ 165bpm 2. Single Arm Seated Shot-Put Test > 90% contralateral side 3. CKCUEST >21 touches in 15 seconds 4. UEY-Balance: total normalized excursion score >90% contralateral side

PHASE 5: RETURN TO SPORT PROGRAM Goals: • Full sports participation without compensation or risk of re-injury Guidelines: • Clinical and sport specific testing – mobility & strength-based criteria •

Simulated sport activity

Return to training

Playing lower level competition and less minutes until confident

If throwing sport - emphasis on late cocking and acceleration phase of throwing

Following successful completion of: •

Throwing Athletes: Throwing Progression

Golfers: Golf Progression Return to unrestricted activity/full sports participation

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