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Understanding and Preventing Shoulder Injuries in Baseball

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Understanding and Preventing Shoulder Injuries in Baseball

From the Little League to the Major Leagues, shoulder injuries are common in baseball, affecting players of all levels. Let’s look at the most common baseball shoulder injuries and how you can prevent them.

The Pitcher's Predicament: Rotator Cuff Tears

As a pitcher, your rotator cuff is working overtime with every fastball and slider. Overuse can lead to tears, causing pain and weakness. The key to prevention is strength training and proper rest. Work those shoulders, but don't forget to give them a break between games.

The Batter's Burden: Labral Tears

Swinging for the fences is thrilling, but it can strain your shoulder's labrum. This rubbery tissue keeps your arm bone securely in the socket. Focus on technique and flexibility exercises to avoid tearing your labrum. A smooth swing means a safer shoulder.

The Fielder's Fix: Shoulder Dislocations

Diving catches are showstoppers, but they can pop a shoulder out of place. Strengthening the surrounding muscles with resistance training is your best defense. And remember, a well-executed dive is both impressive and safer.

The Base Runner's Risk: Shoulder Instability

Sliding into base is part of the thrill, but it can jar your shoulder, leading to instability. Core strengthening and proper sliding technique can stabilize your torso, taking the pressure off your shoulders. Slide with care, and you'll be safe and score.

Prevention is Better than Cure

Shoulder injuries in baseball can be season-ending, but with the right knowledge and preventive measures, players can protect their shoulders and continue to enjoy the game. Emphasizing shoulder health, proper technique, and rest can keep players on the field and off the injury list. Let's make shoulder care a priority in baseball training and play.

If you or a loved one is struggling with a shoulder injury, Dr. Van Thiel can provide regenerative non surgical treatments with orthobiologics, like PRP or stem cell therapy. Dr. Van Thiel specializes in shoulder injury management for teens, adolescents and professional athletes, as an expert in treating shoulder instability, impingement, rotator cuff and cartilage restoration.

AUTHOR: Geoffrey Van Thiel, MD is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine treatments of the hip, knee, and shoulder, with a focus on compassionate cutting edge care. Dr. Van Thiel’s commitment to athletics and an active lifestyle is evident in both his personal belief that activity leads to better health, and his involvement with the Chicago Blackhawks Medical Network, AHL Rockford IceHogs and US National Soccer Teams.

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