Advances in the Treatment of Rotator Cuff Tears

Management of Rotator Cuff Tears in the Athlete


      To read this article in full you will need to make a payment

      Purchase one-time access:

      Academic & Personal: 24 hour online accessCorporate R&D Professionals: 24 hour online access
      One-time access price info
      • For academic or personal research use, select 'Academic and Personal'
      • For corporate R&D use, select 'Corporate R&D Professionals'

      Subscribers receive full online access to your subscription and archive of back issues up to and including 2002.

      Content published before 2002 is available via pay-per-view purchase only.


      Subscribe to Clinics in Sports Medicine
      Already a print subscriber? Claim online access
      Already an online subscriber? Sign in
      Institutional Access: Sign in to ScienceDirect


        • Yamamoto A.
        • Takagishi K.
        • Osawa T.
        • et al.
        Prevalence and risk factors of a rotator cuff tear in the general population.
        J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2010; 19: 116-120
        • Klouche S.
        • Lefevre N.
        • Herman S.
        • et al.
        Return to sport after rotator cuff tear repair.
        Am J Sports Med. 2016; 44: 1877-1887
        • Mehta S.
        • Gimbel J.A.
        • Soslowsky L.J.
        Etiologic and pathogenetic factors for rotator cuff tendinopathy.
        Clin Sports Med. 2003; 22: 791-812
        • Escamilla R.F.
        • Yamashiro K.
        • Paulos L.
        • et al.
        Shoulder muscle activity and function in common shoulder rehabilitation exercises.
        Sports Med. 2009; 39: 663-685
        • Werner S.L.
        • Guido J.A.
        • Stewart G.W.
        • et al.
        Relationships between throwing mechanics and shoulder distraction in collegiate baseball pitchers.
        J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2007; 16: 37-42
        • Dillman C.J.
        • Fleisig G.S.
        • Andrews J.R.
        Biomechanics of pitching with emphasis upon shoulder kinematics.
        J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 1993; 18: 402-408
        • Economopoulos K.J.
        • Brockmeier S.F.
        Rotator cuff tears in overhead athletes.
        Clin Sports Med. 2012; 31: 675-692
        • Neer C.S.
        Anterior acromioplasty for the chronic impingement syndrome in the shoulder: a preliminary report.
        J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1972; 54: 41-50
        • Raizman N.M.
        • Shaffer B.
        Full-Thickness rotator cuff tears in the throwing athletes.
        in: Sports medicine of baseball. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012: 90-98
        • Walch G.
        • Boileau P.
        • Noel E.
        • et al.
        Impingement of the deep surface of the supraspinatus tendon on the posterosuperior glenoid rim: An arthroscopic study.
        J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 1992; 1: 238-245
        • Burkhart S.S.
        • Morgan C.D.
        • Kibler W.B.
        The disabled throwing shoulder: spectrum of pathology part I: Pathoanatomy and biomechanics.
        Arthrosc J Arthrosc Relat Surg. 2003; 19: 404-420
        • Camp C.L.
        • Dare D.M.
        • Altchek D.W.
        Diagnosis and managemetn of partial- and full-thickness rotator cuff tears in tennis players.
        in: Di Giacomo G. Ellenbecker T.S. Kibler B.W. Tennis medicine: a complete guide to evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation. Springer, New York, NY2018: 191-200
        • Payne L.Z.
        • Altchek D.W.
        • Craig E.V.
        • et al.
        Arthroscopic treatment of partial rotator cuff tears in young athletes.
        Am J Sports Med. 1997; 25: 299-305
        • Borsa P.A.
        • Laudner K.G.
        • Sauers E.L.
        Mobility and Stability Adaptations in the Shoulder of the Overhead Athlete.
        Sports Med. 2008; 38: 17-36
        • Dines J.S.
        • Jones K.
        • Maher P.
        • et al.
        Arthroscopic management of full-thickness rotator cuff tears in major league baseball pitchers: the lateralized footprint repair technique.
        Am J Orthop. 2016; 45: 128-133
        • Provencher M.T.
        • Romeo A.A.
        Shoulder instability: a comprehensive approach.
        Elsevier/Saunders, New York, NY2012
        • Matsen F.A.
        Rockwood and matsen’s the shoulder.
        Elsevier, Inc, New York, NY2021
        • Alrabaa R.G.
        • Lobao M.H.
        • Levine W.N.
        Rotator cuff injuries in tennis players.
        Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2020; 13: 734-747
        • Medina G.
        • Bartolozzi A.R.
        • Spencer J.A.
        • et al.
        The Thrower’s Shoulder.
        JBJS Rev. 2022; 10
        • Farooqi A.S.
        • Lee A.
        • Novikov D.
        • et al.
        Diagnostic accuracy of ultrasonography for rotator cuff tears: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
        Orthop J Sports Med. 2021; 9 (232596712110351)
        • Weiss L.J.
        • Wang D.
        • Hendel M.
        • et al.
        Management of rotator cuff injuries in the elite athlete.
        Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2018; 11: 102-112
        • Axe M.
        • Hurd W.
        • Snyder-Mackler L.
        Data-based interval throwing programs for baseball players.
        Sport Heal A Multidiscip Approach. 2009; 1: 145-153
        • Reinold M.M.
        • Wilk K.E.
        • Reed J.
        • et al.
        Interval sport programs: guidelines for baseball, tennis, and golf.
        J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2002; 32: 293-298
        • Melugin H.P.
        • Larson D.R.
        • Fleisig G.S.
        • et al.
        Baseball Pitchers’ perceived effort does not match actual measured effort during a structured long-toss throwing program.
        Am J Sports Med. 2019; 47: 1949-1954
        • Wilk K.E.
        • Meister K.
        • Andrews J.R.
        Current concepts in the rehabilitation of the overhead throwing athlete.
        Am J Sports Med. 2002; 30: 136-151
        • Erickson B.J.
        • Chalmers P.N.
        • D’Angelo J.
        • et al.
        Performance and return to sport following rotator cuff surgery in professional baseball players.
        J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2019; 28: 2326-2333
        • CONWAY J.E.
        Arthroscopic repair of partial-thickness rotator cuff tears and slap lesions in professional baseball players.
        Orthop Clin North Am. 2001; 32: 443-456
        • Brockmeier S.F.
        • Dodson C.C.
        • Gamradt S.C.
        • et al.
        Arthroscopic intratendinous repair of the delaminated partial-thickness rotator cuff tear in overhead athletes.
        Arthrosc J Arthrosc Relat Surg. 2008; 24: 961-965
        • Greiwe R.M.
        • Ahmad C.S.
        Management of the throwing shoulder: cuff, labrum and internal impingement.
        Orthop Clin North Am. 2010; 41: 309-323
        • Ahmad C.S.
        • ElAttrache N.S.
        Partial thickness rotator cuff tears in throwing athletes.
        in: Ahmad C.S. Romeo A.A. Sports medicine of baseball. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA2012: 100-111
        • Liu J.
        • Hughes R.E.
        • Oʼdriscoll S.W.
        • et al.
        Biomechanical effect of medial advancement of the supraspinatus tendon. a study in cadavera∗.
        J Bone Jt Surg. 1998; 80: 853-859
        • Azzam M.G.
        • Dugas J.R.
        • Andrews J.R.
        • et al.
        Rotator cuff repair in adolescent athletes.
        Am J Sports Med. 2018; 46: 1084-1090
        • Park M.C.
        • ElAttrache N.S.
        • Ahmad C.S.
        • et al.
        Transosseous-equivalent” rotator cuff repair technique.
        Arthrosc J Arthrosc Relat Surg. 2006; 22: 1360.e1-1360.e5
        • Park M.C.
        • Tibone J.E.
        • ElAttrache N.S.
        • et al.
        Part II: Biomechanical assessment for a footprint-restoring transosseous-equivalent rotator cuff repair technique compared with a double-row repair technique.
        J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2007; 16: 469-476
        • Millett P.J.
        • Mazzocca A.
        • Guanche C.A.
        Mattress double anchor footprint repair: a novel, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair technique.
        Arthrosc J Arthrosc Relat Surg. 2004; 20: 875-879