Athletic trainers are multi-skilled health care professionals who provide compassionate health care for athletes, patients, soldiers, workers, and performers. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.
The month of March arriving means baseball and softball season is just around the corner. Along with the craziness of spring weather comes the inevitable appearance of shoulder and elbow problems. But, unlike the rain delays and cancellations, there is something we can do about the upper extremity discomfort and pain. How? PREVENTION.
Most baseball and softball shoulder and elbow injuries are due to overuse and fatigue. Why? It comes down to two basic principles- strength and fitness. When the muscles of the shoulder and arm are not strong or fit enough to handle the workload of a the long spring season they begin to fatigue, and eventually fail.
The good news is we can do something about it, but what? Strengthening the muscles of the shoulder and arm requires more than bicep curls and shoulder presses. Enter the Thrower's Ten program. This program was designed to improve the strength and mobility of the muscles needed to throw. Try incorporating this into you or your child's routine to work to prevent future visits to the doctor's office.