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J Athl Train. Mar 1995; 30(1): 22–26.
PMCID: PMC1317824

Functional Plyometric Exercises for the Throwing Athlete

David J. Pezzullo, MS, PT, ATC
David J. Pezzullo is Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. He is also a Physical Therapist IV and Athletic Trainer at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Center for Sports Medicine, 4601 Baum Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
Steven Karas, MS, ATC
Steven Karas is Student Physical Therapist at Chatham College, Pittsburgh.
James J Irrgang, MS, PT, ATC

Abstract

In this article we provide athletic health care professionals with a variety of functional strengthening exercises to use in improving the muscular strength of the throwing athlete's shoulder. Upper extremity functional plyometric exercise in sport-specific patterns can be an important component of a throwing athlete's rehabilitation. We discuss several plyometric exercises, using the Inertial Exercise System, the Plyo-ball, and the Theraband. Proper use of these exercises can facilitate a safe and progressive rehabilitation program for the injured, throwing athlete. After the athlete has successfully completed the functional plyometric exercises, a throwing progression can be initiated.

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