Prevention of labral and rotator cuff injuries in the overhead athlete

Nathan W. Skelley, Matthew V. Smith

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Overhead athletes place enormous demands on the shoulder and as a consequence are prone to injury. Labral tears and rotator cuff tears are potential problems seen with repetitive overhead activities. These injuries may be preventable if proper attention is given to early identification and treatment of abnormalities in the kinetic chain. To properly evaluate and treat these conditions, clinicians must understand the kinetic chain, the pathomechanics of labral and rotator cuff injury, and conditions that predispose the athlete to injury such as scapular dyskinesis and glenohumeral internal rotation deficit.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElite Techniques in Shoulder Arthroscopy
Subtitle of host publicationNew Frontiers in Shoulder Preservation
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783319251035
ISBN (Print)9783319251011
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • GIRD
  • Kinetic chain
  • Labral
  • Scapular dyskinesis
  • Shoulder


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