Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury Follow-up

Updated: Dec 22, 2021
  • Author: Robert F Kacprowicz, MD, FAAEM; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Return to Play

Competition may be resumed when the following criteria are met:

  • The athlete is pain free with throwing.

  • Elbow and shoulder ROM has returned to within normal limits.

  • Forearm strength has returned to baseline.

  • Good throwing biomechanics have been established.



Injuries to the UCL are best prevented by ensuring proper throwing biomechanics. Coaches are essential to assessing the proper throwing techniques in the athlete. Thorough warm-up and flexibility exercises also play an essential role in preventing UCL injuries.