UCL Injuries in the Overhead Thrower: From Injury to Return to Play

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Dunkin' Donuts Park

1214 Main Street

The YG Club

Hartford, CT 06103

Event description


Join experts in the field of sports medicine for a one-day conference focusing on Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) injuries in young athletes, including information about surgical decision-making, post-operative rehabilitation and using motion analysis to assess risk of injury.

Presented by Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s Departments of Physical Therapy, Elite Sports Medicine, Center for Motion Analysis, and Orthopedics.Connecticut Children's Medical Center is an approved provider of the Connecticut Chapter of the APTA, Athletic Trainers BOC, and Connecticut State Medical Society to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

Course Information

This interactive series of lectures and demonstration will focus on the overhead athlete returning to play after Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) reconstruction. After brief review of epidemiology, risk factors and surgical interventions, a detailed dicussion on rehabilitation methods and return-to-sport decision-making enhanced with motion analysis will be discussed and demonstrated. Knowledge from this course will assist therapists, athletic trainers and physicians in their decision making for returning athletes to sports after UCL reconstructions.

Target Audience

  • Physical therapists
  • Physical therapy assistants
  • Athletic trainers
  • Orthopedists
  • Physiatrists
  • Kinesiologists
  • Engineers
  • Biomechanists
  • Coaches


Participants will:

  • Receive an overview of epidemiology and risk factors associated with UCL injuries in the athletic population
  • Understand the surgical decision-making around UCL reconstruction in regards to graft selection, timing of surgery, associated factors, and how these issues affect the post-operative rehabilitation and potential timing of return to play
  • Learn how to implement post-operative rehabilitation of the UCL reconstruction in an overhead athlete seeking to return to competitive athletics
  • Recognize how functional limitations, asymmetries and possible injury mechanisms in the post-operative UCL reconstruction overhead athlete can be assessed through motion analysis
  • Recognize how variation in pitching mechanics, assessed using motion analysis, can lead to possible UCL injury in baseball pitchers


1:30 pm - Registration
2:00 - 6:15 pm - Presentations
6:15 - 6:45 pm - Networking and light hors d'oeurvres

  • The UCL Epidemic: Epidemiology and Risk Factors
  • Clinical Examination and Diagnostic Testing of the Throwers Elbow
  • Surgical Treatment of UCL Reconstruction
  • Early Rehabilitation of the UCL Reconstruction Patient (Bracing and ROM)
  • Examination of the Throwing Athlete
  • Progression to Functional Throwing Specific Exercise
  • Return to Play Testing: How To/Nuts and Bolts/Tips and Tricks
  • Evidence-Based Return to Throwing Programs
  • Motion Analysis of the Throwing Athlete


  • Matt Milewski, MD – Orthopedic Surgeon, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
  • Carl Nissen, MD – Orthopedic Surgeon, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
  • Kevin Fitzsimmons, PA – Physician Assistant, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
  • Art Fredericks, PT, MS, ATC – Physical Therapist, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
  • Adam Weaver, PT, DPT – Physical Therapist, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
  • Nicholas Giampetruzzi, PT, MS, CSCS – Physical Therapist, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
  • Sylvia Õunpuu, MSc, Director of Research and Education, Center for Motion Analysis, Connecticut Children's Medical Center
  • Tricia R. Prokop, PT, EdD, MS, CSCS, Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, University of Hartford Department of Physical Therapy
  • Jeff DeLucia and John Webber, Student Physical Therapists, University of Hartford Department of Physical Therapy


  • Medical Providers: $75 prior to 8/29/17, $100 after 8/29/17
  • Students/Coaches (with valid ID): $50 prior to 8/29/17, $75 after 8/29/17

Cancellations must be requested in writing prior to September 12, 2017


Physical Therapists
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is an approved provider for physical therapy continuing education by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association. Connecticut Children’s designates this activity for a maximum of 4 Contact Hours.

Athletic Trainers
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 4 Category A CEUs.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) by Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).TM Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Conflict of Interest Policy

All faculty participating in CME activities sponsored by Connecticut Children’s Medical Center are required to disclose to the program audience any actual or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of their presentations. Program planners have an obligation to resolve any actual conflicts of interest and share with the audience any safeguards put in place to prevent commercial bias from influencing the content.

Matt Milewski MD, Carl Nissen MD, Kevin Fitzsimmons, PA-C, Art Fredericks, PT, MS, ATC, Adam Weaver, PT, DPT, Tricia Prokop PT, MS, EdD, CSCS, Nicholas Giampetruzzi PT, MS, CSCS, Sylvia Õunpuu, MSc, Jeff DeLucia SPT and John Webber SPT have no financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organizations that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the context of the subject of their presentation
This CME activity has no commercial support associated with it.

More Information

For more information please contact Scott VanEpps at svanepp@connecticutchildrens.org

Connecticut Children’s Office of Continuing Medical Education plans evidence-based CME activities that enhance physician competence and performance, improve patient outcomes, and better equip physicians to practice in a changing healthcare environment. For more information, please visit cme.connecticutchildrens.org.

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Dunkin' Donuts Park

1214 Main Street

The YG Club

Hartford, CT 06103

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