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Thrower’s Shoulder: Somewhere Between a Flexible and Stable Place

Posted on by Erik Krol, MOT, OTR/L

The start of the spring season means that it is finally time for many athletes to implement off-season drills, workouts, and preparation for competition. For baseball players and other throwing athletes, especially pitchers, this means a lot of throwing.

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9 Exercises to Help Overhead Athletes Prepare for their Season

Posted on by Tanner Neuberger, PT, DPT, TDN Level 1

Overhead athletes are required to have tremendous strength and stability in not only their shoulder, but their entire body. The forces that go through the shoulder during a pitching motion are some of the highest that occur within the sports realm, with the fastest motion recorded at over 7000 degrees of rotation per second (that equates to 20 full arm revolutions in a second). It makes sense that these forces require tremendous strength and stability throughout the whole body (often referred to as kinetic chain with throwing), and special care for the arm is to be taken through all seasons of play. What follows will be exercises and stretches that are key to helping provide strength and stability required for throwing.

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Common Baseball Injuries

Posted on by Erik Krol, MOT, OTR/L

Opening day is finally here! And while we may not be able to spectate or tailgate like we normally would, we can still root on our favorite teams! Did you know baseball can have lasting effects on our bodies? It is import to understand and appreciate the anatomy involved and how it relates to the most typically experienced injuries during such a repetitive and overhead-dominant sport.

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Cardinals Fans: Stay in the Game by Testing Your Stretching Knowledge

Posted on by Athletico

As baseball season begins, Cardinals fans need to ensure that they can cheer on their team in comfort. Do you know the best stretches to keep you, as a fan, “in the game?”

Test your knowledge with these Fredbird stretches!

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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

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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