Evaluation and rehabilitation of the overhead athlete with shoulder pathology is a complex process due to the unique performance demands of throwing. Dr. McCabe will present current assessment methods, with an emphasis on functional regional dependence. Dr. McCabe will contrast normal pitching mechanics with biomechanical faults and correlate findings to identified impairments.  We’ll present rehabilitation strategies and post-rehabilitation performance training programs to achieve optimal performance while simultaneously decreasing future risk of injury. We’ll use numerous videos to capture correct techniques for assessment, rehabilitation and performance exercises.  You’ll build an effective clinical skillset to achieve optimal performance in this challenging population.

Course Objectives

  • Identify the inter-related pathophysiology associated with SLAP tears, shoulder micro-instability, posterior -inferior capsule tightness and scapula dyskinesis
  • Illustrate the pathomechanics of the pitching motion and correlate findings to identified impairments
  • Identify current rehabilitation interventions for the overhead with specific shoulder pathologies, including shoulder micro-instability, SLAP lesions, scapula dyskinesis
  • Identify the key performance factors, within the concept of regional interdependence, for optimal pitching performance.
  • Identify an effective and appropriate rehabilitation program for the overhead athlete based on current clinical and scientific research

Course Agenda

  • 8:00 PM – Detailed biomechanical discussion on normal and abnormal pitching mechanics
  • Regional interdependence model for the overhead pitching motion
  • Bridging the gap between physical therapy and performance therapy
  • Essential performance factors for optimal pitching performance
  • 8:45 – Q/A Session
  • Current clinical and performance assessment methods for the overhead athlete
  • Numerous videos for corrective exercises
  • Return to play criteria and functional performance tests
  • 9:30 PM – Q/A Session and Conclusion



Dr McCabe is a clinician, researcher, and educator with 25 years of clinical experience in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. He is currently the director of human performance at the Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton, NY. His role at Gabreski includes overseeing injury prevention, performance and rehabilitation services for all military personnel. He has extensive experience in the treatment of patients with orthopedic and sports-related conditions. including recreational, elite and professional athletes. He previously worked at NYU Langone Medical Center and the Andrews Institute, where he worked under Dr. James Andrews. Bob received his transitional doctorate degree in physical therapy from Arcadia University, a master’s degree in physical therapy from Long Island University and a master’s degree in Ergonomics and Biomechanics from New York University. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in health science from Cortland University. Bob is an NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist (C.S.C.S) and an APTA Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (O.C.S). He is certified in the Functional Movement Screen (F.M.S) and the Selective Functional Movement Screes (S.F.M.A) and is completing his certification in manual therapy through Evidence in Motion. He has advance training and coursework in Graston instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilizations, EXOS performance training system, Active Release Therapy and the McKenzie Method to Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT). Bob has published several research studies in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at national conferences.


Contact Hours: 1.5

Price: $49


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