Principles of Surgical Evaluation and Techniques for the Shoulder in the Overhead Athlete

  • Geoffrey P. Stone
  • Felix H. SavoieIIIEmail author


Surgical treatment of the overhead athlete’s shoulder requires an in-depth knowledge of the pathologic processes of internal impingement in order to optimize treatment outcomes in patients who have failed conservative treatment. Overhead athletes have a predictable pattern of injury that includes superior labrum anterior-posterior (SLAP) tears, rotator cuff tears, anterior-inferior capsular laxity, and posterior-inferior capsular contracture. The purpose of this chapter is to highlight the principles and techniques of surgical treatment of the overhead athlete’s shoulder.


Overhead-throwing athlete Glenohumeral internal rotation deficit Internal impingement SLAP tear Rotator cuff tear Infraspinatus tear 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tulane University Department of OrthopaedicsNew OrleansUSA

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