When it comes to injuries, oftentimes we tend to take a stance of INACTION rather than ACTION. We tell ourselves the pain and discomfort will go away on its own, and we limp along modifying our activity until the pain goes away. But why did we have pain in the first place? If there was an event we can point to and say that is what happened before the pain, it makes it easy. But what about when the pain sneaks up on us? Why does that pain show up, and is there something we can do to make it stay away? Can we take ACTION to prevent that pain and change our pattern of INACTION?
Scientific research has given us a solution-functional movement screens, and NovaCare's partnership with Fusionetics gives us the ability to start down a new path. These screens are designed to identify risk factors that predispose us to injury, and have the ability to help us address them. We can prevent ourselves from limping through life searching for ways to live with the pain. We can act now to create a better, more fulfilling tomorrow.
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.