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Baseball is one of America’s favorite pastimes. A popular outdoor sport that can be enjoyed by athletes of all ages and brings to mind great weather, Take Me Out to The Ballgame, popcorn, hot dogs and an ice cold bev...
Baseball is one of America’s favorite pastimes. A popular outdoor sport that can be enjoyed by athletes of all ages and brings to mind great weather, Take Me Out to The Ballgame, popcorn, hot dogs and an ice cold beverage.
But unfortunately it’s not all sunshine and snacks, there are many common baseball injuries associated with playing the game in everything from youth to professional players.
Concussions have garnered much of the spotlight when it comes to health concerns among young athletes, but there is another rising issue. Baseball injuries in young athletes are on the rise, and shoulder and elbow injuries are at the forefront. There are thousands of children seen every year complaining of shoulder or elbow pain. Tears or damage to the UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) in the elbow have become one of the most common baseball injuries suffered and is typically caused by pitchers throwing too much. If your young athlete is throwing too much, too early without rest, there could be some serious damage on the horizon. These stress-related and overuse injuries can affect growing parts of the bone and muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Rotator cuff tears are caused by the repetitive shoulder motions required when throwing in baseball. This repetition can cause lots of wear and tear on the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint.
Another common injury caused by repetition is elbow tendinitis. Inflammation in the elbow can occur from swing a bat or throwing a ball over and over. This injury can cause pain and swelling in the elbow area if the tendons connecting the upper and lower arm become inflamed.
Our physical therapists at Above & Beyond will work with athletes of all ages to help strengthen their muscles and joints. We can work on their body mechanics to help avoid injury and improve flexibility and mobility. Please visit our physical therapy services page for more information regarding our treatment available for baseball injuries and injury prevention.
From muscle sprains to rotator cuff tears, physical therapy can help to increase strength and flexibility to help prevent baseball injuries. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH ABOVE & BEYOND PHYSICAL THERAPY to discover the ideal treatment specific to you.