Baseball players perform one of, if not, the most violent tasks in sports. The act of throwing a baseball requires the highest amounts of torque, angular velocity and power than any other single sport task. With our experience in sports rehab, strength and conditioning and coaching, we have been able to develop a great niche in treating these athletes. In this post, I’d like to point out some of the “typical” findings and how we’re getting them off the table and back out onto the field for good.
‘Tommy Baseball’: a 17 year-old, 5’11”, 180lb high school baseball player walks into your clinic complaining of right shoulder pain he recently started feeling after a tournament over the weekend. He is a right handed pitcher and has been playing for years without shoulder pain so he “doesn’t understand why all of a sudden this is happening”. He has an exercise program that he has been on for the past year. The program was written for him by his PE teacher. He received a scholarship to a DII university and needs to be pain-free and ready to play at a much higher level within the next 3-4 months.
Where do you start? Almost all rehab professionals are familiar with the tests that we would use to come to the actual diagnosis. There are also some tests that coaches and trainers could use to see if an issue is serious or not. This is a great start but how do you relate this back to throwing a baseball and MOST IMPORTANTLY, how can we get this player back to competition without increasing his risk of being back in PT soon thereafter?
What are the most important items you need to assess and then how do you treat those limitations/dysfunctions related to throwing? If you’re just giving pendulums out to every painful shoulder that comes through the door, you’re not doing anyone any favors.
What types of things are you looking for when you watch this young baseball player move? The following is a list of common limitations we see in these young athletes:
If you’re not closely examining these top movements you’re missing the big picture. If you do find these dysfunctions, how do you treat them so as to be specific to baseball?
Strengthening the shoulder retractors and depressors as well as the rotary power ‘coil’ are the keys to keeping these athletes on the diamond.
We hope that this gives parents, coaches and rehab pros another place to begin this process. We are excited to be going into great detail on all of the above and MORE during our “Elite Thrower’s Seminars” Our aim is to provide a rock solid foundation for local physical therapists, baseball/softball coaches and strength & conditioning pros to treat, train or coach these athletes for maximum gains.
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Interested in hosting a seminar for your coaches or athletes? We’re looking forward to hearing from you. Together we can make northern VA a powerhouse of baseball and softball athlete development. For more details, feel free to contact us at email@example.com.