Utilizing Aquatic Therapy for UCL Injury Rehabilitation

Presented By:  Jeremy Braziel ATC, LAT, FMS, SFMA, CES, TPI-CGFI, TPI-JC2 Certified Athletic Trainer, Shoulder Center of Arkansas


Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injuries are becoming increasingly common, especially in throwing and overhead athletes. These injuries often require surgery and can lead to lengthy recovery times. In this webinar, Jeremy Braziel, ATC, CSC, CES, clinician at the Shoulder Center of Arkansas, will discuss how to effectively integrate aquatic therapy into a UCL injury rehabilitation program in order to improve patient outcomes. Jeremy will review the various aspects of UCL injury including contributing factors, symptoms and diagnosis. He will provide specific and practical exercise strategies utilizing resistance, equipment and multiple patient positions that can be applied at various stages of the rehabilitation protocol. Jeremy will discuss how these strategies have been developed to safely, efficiently and effectively bridge the gap between rehabilitation and return to throwing.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and address potential contributing kinematic and pathological deficiencies commonly associated with UCL injuries
  • Identify the benefits of an aquatic environment that can be used to improve patient outcomes
  • Apply specific aquatic exercises to increase function, stabilization, conditioning and strength after UCL injury

Approved_CE_Provider_VF_RGB_p.pngContinuing Education: This course is intended for athletic trainers. 1 CEU is available through the BOC for athletic trainers who watch the live webinar in its entirety.


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Jeremy Braziel, ATC, LAT, FMS, SFMA, CES, TPI-CGFI, TPI-JC2 is a Certified Athletic Trainer with the Shoulder Center of Arkansas. His primary focus is the advanced rehabilitation of athletes, predominately in overhead and rotational sports. Jeremy has created his own throwing assessment that is grounded in years of research and experience. An evidence based approach that has been organically combined with his collegiate and professional experience enables Jeremy to offer an exclusive and personalized approach to each patient.

Jeremy has worked extensively in both collegiate and professional athletics prior to joining the team at Shoulder Center of Arkansas. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Oklahoma State University before performing his graduate work at Ohio State University. Jeremy also has certifications in functional movement screening, golf fitness and junior development.