America’s Pastime Needs a Present Twist
March 18, 2014 3:35 am / Category: Uncategorized
Baseball is a sport of history, passion and consistency. It has been America’s sport since the early 1900s and continues to be extremely popular from the Little League up through the major leagues. The traditions and schools of teaching of this sport are passed down from generation to generation.
The common phrases “this is how my coach taught me” or “this is the way it has always been done” continues to dominate the sport because of its rich traditions.
The problem with these thought processes is the failure to recognize the increase in injuries and coaches going out of their way to adjust to new tactics to prevent them.
Currently in youth baseball, 50% of athletes will develop a form of shoulder or elbow pain in a single season. The number of injuries continues to increase each and every year with more young athletes having to stop playing. A shift in traditional thought needs to take place. Injury prevention requires more than just your typical rotator cuff strength training. The four rotator cuff muscles, although important only make up 16% of the throwing motion. There is so much more
strength training of the scapular region, abdominal core and balance that is required for improved performance and injury prevention. The idea of no pain no game should be eliminated. Playing through pain especially in the arm region usually means an injury is already six weeks in the making.
My name is Jonathan, I am the baseball specialist at Rausch PT. I have created a specific dynamic warm up to be used on the field pre and post games and an online exercise program that can be accessed at anytime. Check it out here:
If you have a injury or experience pain get into see me immediately. I can evaluate, treat and give you a specific plan of exercises. Preventing the injuries now will lead to a successful spring season. Play ball… the Right Way!