Jonathan D. Gelber, MD, MS; Lonnie Soloff, DPT, PT, ATC; Mark S. Schickendantz, MD

Disclosures

J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2018;26(6):204-213. 

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Summary

Overhead athletes have adaptive structural changes to the shoulder that allow them to play at a high level. These adaptive changes do not necessarily represent pathology, and merely attempting to restore the overhead athlete's shoulder to normal may reverse these adaptations and prevent a return to the previous level of performance. It is easy to overtreat these athletes, and surgical outcomes may not be better—and may even be worse—than nonsurgical outcomes.

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