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The Risk of ACL Injuries in Baseball

Posted on by Mike Headtke

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are typically associated with sports like soccer or football, however these injuries can occur in any sport – including baseball.

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5 Health Tips for Your Next Trip to the Ballpark

Posted on by Athletico

Baseball season is in full swing, but some of the hottest and most humid days of the year are still to come. With that in mind, here are some tips to make sure that you can enjoy the game and don’t suffer any ill effects afterward.

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3 Traits of a Successful Pitcher

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

Henry Chadwick is credited with creating the first baseball statistics in the late 1800’s.1 To gauge a batter’s success, he formulated the batting average (hits divided by at-bats), and for pitchers, the ERA (earned runs given up per 9 innings pitched). Today, with groups like Fangraphs.com and the Society for American Baseball Research, there are mind boggling ways to analyze and predict the performance of baseball players.

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Baseball and Softball: Pain After Pitching

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

Types of pain and treatment options for athletes

Some discomfort in the throwing arm is common after a pitching session. After all, consistent overhead throwing is hard on the shoulder and elbow. But what is normal discomfort? What pains should be concerning to baseball/softball athletes? What pains should be examined by a professional? Find out more with the guide below:

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6 Stretches to Help Cardinals Fans Keep Cheering

Posted on by Athletico

As the 2017 baseball season begins, the St. Louis Cardinals’ Mascot Fredbird called up his favorite Athletico Physical Therapist Laura O’Connor for help staying limber.

Fortunately, Fredbird wants to make sure all St. Louis fans are ready to cheer regardless of where they are watching the games – whether inside of Busch Stadium or from the comfort of their own couch – so he is sharing his favorite stretches for all to try!

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Mallet Finger: A Common Sports Injury

Posted on by Rose McAndrew

From a high level competition to a weekend pick-up game, any athlete can experience a hand injury.  Bumping, jamming, crushing, or cutting the backside of the finger near the tip, can cause a tendon injury known as a mallet finger.

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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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Shin Splints: Who is at Risk?

Posted on by Amanda DiGangi

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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