Are you looking for ways you or your young athlete can eliminate your shoulder injury so you can make it through the upcoming baseball season without any issues?
In this article, we’ll share some of the best practices and treatments to help athletes safely eliminate shoulder pain in time for their next game.
We’ll provide tips for preventing injuries in the first place and how to recover quickly from existing muscle soreness and aches.
Follow these strategies to keep yourself healthy and ready for every pitch thrown.
What Are The 3 Most Common Shoulder Injuries For Baseball Players?
Baseball injuries are very commonly associated with the shoulder due to the motion of throwing.
The repetitive nature of training can cause weakness and instability in a variety of structures in the shoulder which can then result in other areas compensating.
This can lead to injury from overuse and will negatively impact an athlete’s performance.
Some of the most common shoulder injuries we see in baseball players are sprains and strains.
These injuries are typically caused by overstretching a ligament, muscle, or tendon. If these are left untreated it may result in a partial or complete tear.
Rotator cuff injuries are also very common in baseball players. Overhead throwing uses the tendons of the rotator cuff and with repetition, can cause them to compress. This compression can turn into pain or can cause a tear.
Shoulder instability is another common issue that can develop from repetitive throwing movement. This movement will stretch the ligaments in the shoulder which creates looseness in the joint. This can cause the shoulder to move since it is not being held in place properly.
Tips To Get Instant Relief From Your Shoulder Injury
At our clinic, we understand patients don’t want to rely on painkillers and are worried about the potentially dangerous side effects of these (or more extreme measures like injections or surgery). To help our clients, we always try to achieve pain relief through natural methods.
#1 Warm Up
Warming up your shoulder is essential in order to avoid an injury that can take away from your ability to perform at the highest level possible.
Before you practice or play a game, athletes should do 5-10 minutes of shoulder stretches and exercises to ensure that they are loose and ready for activity.
Doing dynamic shoulder stretches will also help protect your shoulder from a sharp motion or stress that could cause an injury such as a tear.
#2 Cool Down
After participating in baseball, it is essential that athletes devote time to cooling down and stretching out their shoulders.
Failure to do so increases the risk of a shoulder injury as it can cause tightness in the shoulder muscles and ligaments.
Cooling down after a strenuous game or practice allows for muscle fibers to restore their energy levels and rebuild muscular tissue before it toughens and restricts movement in the shoulder joint.
#3 Use Home Treatment Methods
Heat, and foam rollers are all techniques that can be used to maintain shoulder health for longer-lasting performance.
Heat is used to improve shoulder flexibility before activity and to soothe and relax tight muscles after a tough game.
Foam rollers are great tools to help get rid of shoulder muscular tightness when used on a regular basis.
Physical Therapy For Preventing A Shoulder Injury And Get Ready For Baseball Season
If your baseball athlete has been experiencing a shoulder injury from baseball and is worried that it’s getting worse and they’re going to miss out on valuable practice and important games, the time to act is now.
Physical therapy can limit the severity of shoulder injuries, and help you recover so much faster. It can also keep you on top of your game so you keep progressing and performing to the best you can be.
Right now we offer a limited number of free shoulder pain taster sessions where you can speak to one of our expert physical therapists, ask them any questions you have, and discover the best treatment options for you.
To arrange your free shoulder pain taster session fill in our simple form or call us on (609) 933-9922 if you would prefer to speak to a member of the team on the telephone.
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If you feel as though you’re ready to prevent shoulder pain and maximize your baseball performance with physical therapy, we are currently offering shoulder pain assessments where we can work with you to get to the root cause of your shoulder pain and create a personalized treatment plan to ensure you recover as quickly as possible and keep shoulder pain away.
To arrange your shoulder pain assessment, fill in our simple form or call us on (609) 933-9922 if you would prefer to speak to a member of the team on the telephone.
More Free Resources For Preventing Shoulder Injury
If you’re not sure you’re ready to come and see us in the clinic yet, that’s okay! Here are some more free resources to help you and your child prevent shoulder pain at home.
Download Our Free Sports Injury Report – Secret Recovery Strategies That Only The Pro Athletes Know And Use
Read Our Blog – 5 Ways To Prevent Shoulder Pain For Maximum Baseball Performance
Read Our Blog – Why Am I Getting Shoulder Pain Throwing?