A Clinical Guide to Pitching Mechanics and Kinetic Chain Deficits: How to Integrate Both into a Comprehensive Program Webinar

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 11:00 to 12:15
Webinar Fee: 
$15.00 for NATA members / $25.00 for non-members
Target Audience: 
Athletic Trainers 
Stephen Thomas, PhD, ATC
Stephen Thomas is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology. He completed his undergraduate and master’s degree in Kinesiology, at Temple University. He then earned his PhD in Biomechanics & Movement Science at the University of Delaware. Dr. Thomas received an NIH F32 postdoctoral research fellowship in the bioengineering of tendon at the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Thomas has research expertise in the adaptation of tissues to stress and overuse specifically at the shoulder. He is the current President of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists. He is also a consultant for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Penn Throwing Clinic. His training in both basic science and applied research methods allows him to address clinically relevant questions with translation approaches thereby bridging the gap between bench and bedside. His initial work has contributed to the understanding of tissue adaptations in throwing athletes and how they relate to overuse shoulder injuries using novel diagnostic ultrasound methods. In addition, his basic science work studying the tissue and biologic adaptations to chronic rotator cuff tears and the effects of type II diabetes has also helped progress the current field. His current research agenda is two-fold and includes integration of translational research to investigate 1) the structural and biologic mechanisms governing soft tissue adaptation caused by the repetitive stress of throwing and the association with throwing biomechanics and 2) the structural, neuromuscular, and biologic adaptations occurring due to chronic rotator cuff tears and repairs.
Pitching is the fastest and most stressful motion the human body can produce. These large and repetitive forces lead to motion and strength deficits throughout the body, which can alter normal mechanics. This compensation is often missed since performance is not initially affected; however, the athlete is often at an increased risk of injury. As a clinician, it is essential to understand “normal” mechanics and the best way to assess without sophisticated motion analysis systems. In addition, clinicians need to know the components of a thorough kinetic chain assessment and most importantly how to integrate both into a comprehensive program.
Athletic Training Domains: 
Domain 1 – Injury and Illness Prevention and Wellness Promotion
Domain 2 – Examination, Assessment and Diagnosis
Domain 4 – Therapeutic Intervention
Course Level: 
Clinical Objectives: 

At the conclusion of this presentation, the learner will be able to:

Participants will be able to learn normal pitching mechanics and how to assess clinically.
Participants will be able to learn the common kinetic chain deficits in the baseball player.
Participants will be able to learn to perform a thorough full body kinetic chain assessment specific to baseball player.
Participants will be able to learn to develop a comprehensive program that integrates both pitching mechanics and kinetic chain deficit.
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