With athletes always getting bigger and stronger, the level in of competition across all sports is always evolving and becoming more intense. Of course with the evolution of competition, the evolution of proper training techniques and rehabilitation after injury becomes even more important.
In tonight's athletic advantage we look at shoulder rehabilitation, and what steps you have to take to get on the road to recovery.
This time of year baseball players might be the first group of athlete that you think of when it comes to shoulder injuries, but according to Physical Therapist David Henslee, the're not the only ones at risk, "most of the shoulder injuries we see in athletes are from overhead athletes. Throwers, pitchers, baseball players, tennis players, volleyball players, those are the one's that we most often see especially this time of year."
No matter what sport you play, if you don't take the necessary steps to protect yourself from shoulder injuries, you could be rehabbing you're injury for months at a time."different injuries have different treatment protocols. If the rotator cuff is involved, then we have to slow things down and protect that cuff let the cuff heal. If the rotator cuff is not involved, in a labral tear, they can progress a little bit faster. General rule of thumb is it takes about three months of rehab before you let an athlete return to sports specific activities like throwing."
Shoulder injuries in baseball pitchers are especially common because of the overhand throwing motion. And the strain it puts on the muscles and joints in and around the shoulder. "one of the things you have to realize with a baseball player is if he's throwing a 90mph fastball, the rotational velocities around his shoulder are exactly the same as on a car wheel going 90mph. Their big problem is that they have do decelerate that arm in the space of about four feet. There's not a race car in the world that can decelerate from 90 to 0 in four feet."
Because of the strain that these types of movements can put on you're shoulders, prevention is a must. This can range from stretching and proper warm up techniques, to making sure the exercises you're doing are providing a base for success. "one of the things that we focus on early on is stabilization of the shoulder girdle. A lot of times athletes, especially high school athletes, strengthen what they see when they look in the mirror, it's really more about what happens in the back that takes care of the shoulder."
And if you're having any pain in you're shoulder at night, or when you're throwing you see you're performance dip radically from what you were able to do before, make sure to get you're shoulder looked at by a trainer.
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