Frequently Asked Questions
What is my background?
I am a licensed physical therapist, certified athletic trainer, and certified strength and conditioning specialist at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine. My specialty is in the rehabilitation of shoulder and elbow injuries, with an emphasis in the overhead athlete. I have developed a medical pitching evaluation program, the focus of which is preventing and improving the management of overhead throwing injuries.
What is a medical pitching evaluation?
A medical pitching evaluation identifies risk factors that may lead to injury of an overhead thrower. The evaluation includes a thorough history and physical exam, followed by video analysis of the athlete’s pitching mechanics. The physical examination evaluates flexibility and strength imbalances from head to toe and includes a functional movement screen to evaluate areas of concern. After the physical exam, I perform a videotaped multiple angle pitching analysis. I use Dartfish technology to analyze the athlete’s mechanics, which measures joint angles and distances. I identify mechanical pitching abnormalities, discuss them with the athlete, and then modify his mechanics to decrease stress to the injured area.
What does the athlete receive?
The athlete receives a DVD of his throwing mechanics with individualized comments and suggestions. I also provide specific exercises to improve flexibility, strength, and mechanics, in addition to information regarding injury prevention.
How long does the evaluation take?
The evaluation takes approximately two hours.
How much does a medical pitching evaluation cost?
Most medical insurances pay for this service if the athlete is injured and having pain. Athletes who are not injured will need to pay out-of-pocket, which is $250.
What can coaches and parents do to minimize pitching injuries?
- Emphasize proper mechanics
- Promote year-round conditioning programs, not year-round pitching
- Enforce proper stretching before and after throwing
- Monitor pitch quantity and type
- Carefully monitor young high-velocity pitchers
How can I help your athlete or program?
I would like to be a resource for your baseball program to improve the health of your athletes. If you have athletes you think may be at risk for injury or who are having pain when throwing, I am a medical professional who has the knowledge and motivation to help with that particular athlete. Feel free to refer your athlete to the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine for evaluation or contact me by phone to discuss any concerns you may have.
How do I schedule a medical pitching evaluation?
Please contact our scheduler at 303-441-2285. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine at 303-544-5700.
Jeff Fleming, DPT, ATC, CSCS