With the season rolling out on all levels, one thing to remember is that many injuries occur early in the year.
A lot of contributors lead to this phenomenon but among the most glaring are:
- A steep ramp up after a long shutdown period. It’s fairly common for a pitcher to take off 2-3 months, never pick up a ball, then allow himself only 6 weeks to climb to game-ready intensity. Many esteemed medical professionals and baseball coaches recommend this practice and, in my humble opinion, they are wrong. I wrote about it in a blog at floridabaseballranch.com/shutdown.
- Physical constraints and biomechanical inefficies haven’t been addressed or haven’t had time to respond to training. Many pitchers limp to the end of a season, secretly struggling with arm pain and trying to make it through the last few games. Assuming the “cause” of the pain is overuse, they rest. But in most cases, work load isn’t the primary contributor, so when they finally start throwing again, variables such as physical and mechanical flaws and/or training errors rear their heads again and the pain returns.
Hope reigns, however, as there are signs that the tide may be turning.
Last summer some of the nation's leading orthopedic surgeons teamed up to edit and release the fifth edition of Rockwod and Matsen’s The Shoulder. A staple in medical schools around the world, the text serves as as "the cornerstone reference for effective management of shoulder disorders." On page 1201, in an editorial comment, Dr. Ed Fehringer addressed the problem of over-diagnosis of overuse in the orthopedic community:
Unfortunately, this spring (like every other spring before) pitchers will get hurt. In many cases the immediate response form the medical community will be to shutdown and rest. Again, the inference is that "overuse" is the problem.
But wait. Didn’t we just rest for most of the off-season? If overuse was the problem how is it possible that a player could be hurting this early in the year. Logic suggests that we haven’t had time to “overuse” our arms yet. It doesn’t make any sense.
It doesn’t make sense because the fundamental supposition of overuse as the culprit is flawed. Limiting your volume of throwing, or eliminating it all together won’t solve your arm pain. If you fail to address the underlying contributors quickly, you could be looking at a long season on the DL, or worse… on the operating table.
If you experience arm pain this spring call us immediately at 866-787-4533. You can fly or drive to see us for a 4 hour one-on-one Precision Strike Evaluation and Training Session and you can be back in your own bed the same night.
We at The Florida Baseball Ranch wish everyone the healthiest of campaigns in 2018. We hope we are as lonely as the old Maytag Repair Man.
Dominate your way through a wonderful, successful and pain-free season but just in case, enter this number into your phone contacts or keep it in the back of your mind:
The second you experience arm pain, give us a call.
We'll see you at The Ranch,
P.S. If your having arm pain you can also check out our free Arm Pain Assassin App. Go to your App store and search the words "Arm Pain Assassin". You'll never have to wonder why your arm hurts again.