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Evaluation of the Shoulder and Elbow in the Elite Tennis Player

  • David Dines
  • Todd S. Ellenbecker
  • Jonathan Berkowitz
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Abstract

The evaluation of the shoulder and elbow in the elite tennis player is of extreme importance to determine the ultimate cause of the injury/pathology and prepares the foundation for the development of evidence-based rehabilitation and treatment programs. The high interplay and close association of the shoulder, scapulothoracic, and elbow articulations in the upper extremity kinetic chain make a thorough evaluation of all three regions of paramount importance regardless of the specific area of injury in the elite tennis player. The purpose of this chapter is to overview key evaluation methods for the shoulder and elbow of particular relevance to the elite tennis player to provide this foundation. Reference to descriptive findings contained in Chap.  10 will also be provided to highlight specific anatomic adaptations and musculoskeletal strength and range of motion profiling inherent in elite-level players.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Dines
    • 1
    • 2
  • Todd S. Ellenbecker
    • 3
  • Jonathan Berkowitz
    • 4
  1. 1.Hospital for Special SurgeryNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.ATP World TourPonte Vedra BeachUSA
  3. 3.ATP World Tour and Rehab Plus Sports TherapyScottsdaleUSA
  4. 4.Southern California Orthopedic InstituteVan NuysUSA

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