Category Archive: baseball

5 Health Tips for Your Next Trip to the Ballpark

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The MLB season is in full swing, and the NL Central in particular is anyone’s game.

We are past the halfway point of the season, but some of the hottest and most humid days of the year are still to come – especially for Cardinals fans in the Midwest. 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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

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

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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.   (more…)

5 Upper Extremity Overuse Injuries in Growing Athletes

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Young athletes today are often practicing three to four hours a day, four to five times per week.  Weekends are often spent competing hours at a time. As intensity of sport participation has increased so has the injury level of the upper extremities. Understanding that kids are not little adults and respecting the growing body is key to staying in the game. The good news is that focus on how to prevent overuse injury in sports for growing athletes is also on the rise. Listed below are 5 common upper extremity overuse injuries in young athletes and ways to help prevent these injuries. (more…)

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