Injury to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in baseball players has become a common occurrence. An appropriate understanding of the nature and mechanics of the injury is key for a proper diagnosis. New techniques are available that allow the clinician to make a decisive and cost-effective decision in order to provide the appropriate treatment. This course will provide the learner with current information regarding both the conservative and surgical treatment of injury to the UCL in baseball players. From diagnosis to return to sport, objective criteria for optimal management of this injury will be discussed.

Level of Instruction:  Intermediate

Course Objectives

  • Identify key anatomical and biomechanical factors that are involved with UCL injury in baseball players
  • Identify common characteristics associated with injury to the UCL in baseball players
  • Understand how to appropriately evaluate and diagnose UCL injury in baseball players
  • Understand the treatment options (conservative and surgical) for UCL injury in baseball players
  • Understand the principles of prevention and rehabilitation for UCL injury in baseball players

Course Agenda

  • Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) tear mechanism of injury and epidemiology
  • UCL anatomy and biomechanics
  • Presentation after UCL injury
  • Surgical interventions and associated procedures for UCL tear
  • Early post-operative management of the reconstructed UCL
  • Important milestones for early post-operative management of the UCL reconstructed elbow
  • Setting the foundation for return to throwing following reconstruction of the UCL in the throwing athlete



CRAIG GARRISON, PT, PhD, SCS, ATC is a clinician, educator and researcher and considered one of the leading experts in the treatment and prevention of upper and lower extremity injuries in the country. He completed his PhD in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia and holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Physical Therapy. He has multiple peer-reviewed publications related to the prevention and treatment of sport related injuries in addition to ongoing research involving biomechanical and clinical outcomes in the rehabilitation of the hip and knee, with a particular focus in the return to sports after ACL reconstruction. His clinical duties involve the management of the Clinical Sports Program at Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine. He continues to treat high school, collegiate, and professional athletes in a variety of different sports and lectures on sports medicine topics both nationally and internationally. He is a NATA-BOC certified athletic trainer and a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association, as well as the American Physical Therapy Association’s Sports Physical Therapy and Orthopedic Special Interest Groups.


Contact Hours: 1.5

Price: $39


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