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

Shoulder Impingement: Why Rest and Band Exercises are Not Enough

“This sharp pain in the front of my shoulder will not go away!”  This is a common cry for many who have been diagnosed with shoulder impingement.  Impingement can be a nagging injury that drags on for months without the proper treatment.  This does not have to be the case; however, since medicine is quite… Continue reading Shoulder Impingement: Why Rest and Band Exercises are Not Enough

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