Date

9-2009

Degree Name

BS in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration

Department

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration Department

Advisor(s)

Marni Goldenberg

Abstract

Baseball incorporates the violent motion of throwing as a main act of physical exertion. The shoulder joint is vulnerable to injury during this movement. The overall purpose of this study was to produce a rehabilitation program for injured overhead-throwing athletes and have it evaluated by healthcare professionals. A paper and pen style questionnaire was sent through the mail to a network of professionals in California. Eighteen of the 20 questionnaires were returned. The quantitative feedback of the Likert scale questions indicated that the program was effective and usable while the qualitative feedback indicated the opposite. The additional comments allowed experts to direct their criticisms towards particular aspects of the program. The conclusions are based on the qualitative comments and states that the program is not usable or effective. The recommendations are to conduct more research, make the immediate changes advised by the professionals, and improve the validity and the reliability of the questionnaire.

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