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Throw the Perfect Fastball and Prevent Tommy John Surgery in Baseball

Posted on by Paul Kohler, MS, OTR/L, CHT

Major League Baseball (MLB) has had home run eras, base stealing eras, and dead ball eras.  Now, we have the “velocity” era where starting and relieving pitchers are throwing harder than ever.

  • 2007 | Pitchers 25 years or younger threw a fastball with an average velocity of 90.8 mph.
  • 2008 | 13 different relievers threw a fastball at an average of 95 mph or greater.
  • 2013 | The number of relievers that threw 95 mph or greater grew from 13 to 46.
  • 2013 | The same age group of pitchers (25 years or younger) averaged 92.5 mph fastballs.

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Do You Have Golfer’s Elbow? Diagnosis, Treatment, and Recovery

Posted on by Chantell Unnerstall, OTR/L, CHT

Fore!!…………..

It’s that time of year again when the links are heating up….and so are complaints of elbow pain.  Many recreational golfers may experience pain on the inside of their elbows after picking up the clubs again this summer.  Some refer to this elbow pain as “golfer’s elbow”.  This condition can be very painful, and even causes some to give up the game.

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Shin Splints: Who is at Risk?

Posted on by Amanda DiGangi

Shin Splints: From basketball players in the NCAA tournament to middle age runners on the sidewalk, who is at risk and why?

If you have lived an active lifestyle, participated in sports or even follow sports you’ve probably heard
of or experienced ‘shin splints’ at some point. But what are shin splints?

In the physical therapy world, it is referred to as medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS).

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Skier’s Thumb

Posted on by Laura Jenkins

Skier’s Thumb, Gamekeeper’s Thumb….. Baseball Player’s Thumb? Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries of the Thumb:  An injury for all seasons. Read More

Hot topics Regarding Overhead Throwing From This Year’s ASMI Conference

Posted on by Paul Kohler, MS, OTR/L, CHT

The American Sports Medicine Institute’s Annual Conference on sports injuries was held on January 29-31st of this year.  In its 34th year, this particular conference focused primarily on the health, safety and treatment of overhead throwing athletes, with emphasis on baseball pitchers.   Read More

How Swimming Can Help Improve Your Health

Posted on by Brian Whittington

Swimming continues to grow in popularity as one of the aerobic exercises of choice. With as little as 2.5 hours of swimming a week you can significantly decrease your risk of chronic illnesses. Read More

Coaching Body Contact in Hockey: Defense & Working the Boards

Posted on by Steve Chmielewski

Hockey is a graceful game that requires players to participate in manner that requires body contact regardless of whether checking is permitted. Any avid hockey player can acknowledge the difference between a “body check” and “body contact” but occasionally the line can be blurred when a player’s skill level is questionable and when an official’s subjective interpretation is applied to the game. Read More

Hockey Training Tip: Off-Ice Balance Training

Posted on by Steve Chmielewski

Lower extremity strength training is a priority when considering a comprehensive training program for youth hockey players. Most coaches consider dynamic stretching, functional strengthening and plyometric training to be enough. However in a sport where agility and balance are essential it is important to consider how players can improve these components off the ice. Read More

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