The Importance of the Bike Fit: Avoiding Neck and Shoulder Pain

Last month we talked about the importance of the “dynamic” bike fit. Looking at how individuals fit their bikes and how they move on them in order to help reduce low back pain while riding. These same principles can help alleviate pain in other areas common to cyclists, such as the neck and shoulder. The… Continue reading The Importance of the Bike Fit: Avoiding Neck and Shoulder Pain

Rotator Cuff Rehab – 3rd Phase

When Can I Return to Exercising? The Timeline of Rotator Cuff Rehab – Advanced Phase (Weeks 12-26) It’s been three months since your rotator cuff surgery and hopefully your rehab timeline was on par with the average timeline. If all went to plan, you worked on passive shoulder range of motion, scapular isometrics and elbow/wrist… Continue reading Rotator Cuff Rehab – 3rd Phase

Rotator Cuff Rehab- 2nd Phase

When Can I Return to Exercising? The Timeline of Rotator Cuff Rehab – Intermediate Phase (Weeks 6-12)             Congrats! You made it through the first 6 weeks after your rotator cuff surgery and things are looking up! At this point, your pain is most likely controlled and you no longer need medication, your passive range… Continue reading Rotator Cuff Rehab- 2nd Phase

Rotator Cuff Rehab – 1st Phase

When Can I Return to Exercising? The Timeline of Rotator Cuff Rehab – Early Phase (Weeks 1-6)             Let’s talk about one of the most nagging and limiting shoulder injuries out there: rotator cuff tears. The diagnosis used to bring up discussions about “career ending injury” among sports analysists, but due to advances in surgical… Continue reading Rotator Cuff Rehab – 1st Phase

Shoulder Instability: An Athlete’s Guide Explaining Why Your Performance is Suffering – Part II Anatomy and Where Treatment goes Wrong

            In the previous blog, I shared the story of my teammate’s experience with multi-directional shoulder instability, explained the types of shoulder instability and how they can present, and discussed who is likely to suffer from shoulder instability. In part two of this series, we will dive deeper into the anatomy of shoulder instability and… Continue reading Shoulder Instability: An Athlete’s Guide Explaining Why Your Performance is Suffering – Part II Anatomy and Where Treatment goes Wrong

Shoulder Instability: An Athlete’s Guide Explaining Why Your Performance is Suffering – Part I Epidemiology

            It was the fourth inning and our starting pitcher was starting to give up multiple hits and already at a high pitch count due to the other team’s patience at the plate. I was standing at short stop wondering how we were going to stop the bleeding and feeling helpless because nothing was coming… Continue reading Shoulder Instability: An Athlete’s Guide Explaining Why Your Performance is Suffering – Part I Epidemiology

Improve Throwing Velocity: Plyometric Training for the Shoulder

So you have spent the off season working hard on endless squats, lunges, and box jumps to improve leg strength for a powerful push off. And you also trained the core with tiring planks, chops, and medicine ball tosses to transfer that power efficiently, but you find that you are still just shy of reaching… Continue reading Improve Throwing Velocity: Plyometric Training for the Shoulder

How to Avoid Tommy John Surgery Part III: 5 Necessary Exercises to Avoid Injury

Now that you know the risk factors and improper pitching mechanics that can lead to excessive valgus stress at the elbow, you are probably wondering what exercises you can do to strengthen the elbow to combat this stress. If you remember back to part I of this blog, we talked about the tensile strength of… Continue reading How to Avoid Tommy John Surgery Part III: 5 Necessary Exercises to Avoid Injury

How to Avoid Tommy John Surgery Part II

In last week’s blog, we took a look at some risk factors that can place excessive valgus, or inside out, force on the elbow and place pitchers at higher risk for developing injury to their medial ulnar collateral ligament (MUCL), which is repaired by the famous Tommy John surgery. These risk factors included a larger… Continue reading How to Avoid Tommy John Surgery Part II

How to Avoid Tommy John Surgery: The 3 risk factors for injury

If you are a baseball pitcher, player, or just a fan of America’s greatest pastime, then chances are the phrase “Tommy John Surgery” makes your heart skip a beat and a knot in the pit of your stomach. This infamous injury has plagued many of the great pitchers in baseball: John Smoltz, Tim Hudson, John… Continue reading How to Avoid Tommy John Surgery: The 3 risk factors for injury

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