Are we able to predict arm injuries before they occur? Turns out, we might be able to. A 5-year MLB Study concluded that Preseason weakness of External Rotation and Supraspinatus strength is a predictor of in-season throwing-related injury.
“30% of coaches, 51% of players, and 37% of parents believe Tommy John surgery should be performed in the absence of elbow injury to enhance performance” (Ahmad, et al.)
But you can actually get all the same gains faster by doing this instead.
After testing the arm health of 73 elite high school baseball players – what you do this off-season may need to change.
The findings show a common underlying arm issue that leads to increase risk of injury and robs you of velocity.
Here is how to fix it this off-season.
The power of arm care is incredibly understated simply because it’s done so poorly. An effective system doesn’t just “loosen up” the arm before games, but rather it should be a daily ritual of repair, development, and maintenance around the entire shoulder complex.
At first glance, the Crossover Symmetry System seems to be a very straightforward program for strengthening weak muscles of the shoulder. The simple theory that a weak shoulder leads to a painful shoulder is easy enough to understand and generally holds some truth…
As athletic trainers, we need to take the lead in the implementation of preventative and corrective exercise with our athletes. Too many times, we sit back and pretend that we do not see the problem right in front of our face…
What do baseball, volleyball, swimming, golf, lacrosse, football, softball, tennis and CrossFit have in common? They all require the arms to generate skilled, coordinated, and powerful directed movements. Each of these sports has very specific skill requirements that take years of repetition, training and coaching to master…
The emphasis given to strengthening the scapular muscles in throwing athletes is under-valued and immensely under-addressed. These scapular stabilizing muscles control the position and movement of the scapula which are vital to arm health and performance.