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Glenohumeral joint total rotation range of motion in elite tennis players and baseball pitchers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12471315     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The amount of glenohumeral joint internal and external rotation used during overhead sport activities has been measured experimentally by sports scientists. Clinical measurement of glenohumeral joint internal and external rotation using goniometry is an integral part of a shoulder evaluation after injury or surgery or during preseason or preventative musculoskeletal screenings. PURPOSE: This study measured glenohumeral joint internal and external rotation in two groups of unilaterally dominant upper extremity athletes to compare the total arc of rotational range of motion between the dominant and nondominant extremities. METHODS: A total of 163 elite athletes (117 male junior tennis players and 46 male baseball pitchers) were measured for glenohumeral joint internal and external rotation at 90 degrees of abduction. Total rotation range of motion was calculated by summing internal and external rotation measures in each extremity. RESULTS: An ANOVA with post hoc testing revealed no significant difference (P > 0.05) between extremities in baseball pitchers for total rotation range of motion (145.7 vs 146.9), whereas significantly less (P < 0.001) dominant arm total rotation range of motion was identified in the elite junior tennis players (149.1 vs 158.2).CONCLUSION: This study has identified unique glenohumeral joint rotational patterning in unilaterally dominant upper extremity athletes that has ramifications for rehabilitation after injury and for both injury prevention and performance enhancement.
Todd S Ellenbecker; E Paul Roetert; David S Bailie; George J Davies; Scott W Brown
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medicine and science in sports and exercise     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0195-9131     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Sci Sports Exerc     Publication Date:  2002 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-12-09     Completed Date:  2003-03-28     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8005433     Medline TA:  Med Sci Sports Exerc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2052-6     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
CSCS, Physiotherapy Associates, Scottsdale Sports Clinic, 9449 N. 90th Street, Suite 100, Scottsdale, AZ 85258, USA. todd.ellenbecker@
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Arm / physiology
Baseball / physiology*
Humerus / physiology*
Psychomotor Performance / physiology
Range of Motion, Articular / physiology*
Shoulder Joint / physiology*
Tennis / physiology*
United States

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