The decision of how to progress a baseball player through a throwing program following an injury has been a difficult one for the sports medicine population to address. Numerous programs have been suggested to allow a player a gradual return to competitive throwing. These programs are primarily based on previous experience of the clinician designing the program, simply because this may be the only objective material that can be used to determine parameters of a program of such diverse individualism. This paper identifies those components that play a critical role in the designing of any interval throwing program and outlines a program based on position and distance specific phases.
Michael J. Axe is director of All Sports Clinic of Delaware, Wilmington, DE 19899. Jeff Konin is a student in the Master of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19711.