Overhead athletes play a variety of sports, including baseball, lacrosse, football, volleyball and even tennis. These athletes require power and strength in their dominant extremity for overhead positions. However, it is important to also consider the lower extremities of these athletes in a strengthening program.
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.
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…)
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…)
If you follow professional baseball, I am sure you have observed an alarming rate of pitchers who underwent ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (“Tommy John surgery”) already this year. Miami Marlin’s rising star, Jose Fernandez, became the 18th professional pitcher in 2014 to undergo this surgery, equaling the total number of pitchers to have Tommy John surgery all of last year.1
Why does this trend continue to rise? (more…)