Pullovers can give us a global view of the person we are working with – can they do the task we want or do they need an excessive amount of extension strategies to get their arms fully overhead? To truly throw out a runner from 300 feet away or hurl a 95 mile per hour fastball, we need to ensure the shoulder complex is working optimally.
About Erik Krueger
Erik Krueger is currently a first year Doctor of Physical Therapy Student at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He has worked in physical preparation for the last 4 years and has an end goal of blending physical therapy with strength and conditioning to maximize the potential of all his patients and clients.
Lats can be a baseball player’s best friend as well as their worst enemy at times. The lats are an expansive muscle group originating in the low back and ending up at the humerus and sometimes also attaching to the scapula. When the lats are given free reign without control from opposing musculature, gross extension patterns in player’s lumbar spines may begin to show up.
This can then lead to players letting their coaches know of nagging arm and back pain. With the three exercises below players can regain control of certain opposition muscles such as the serratus anterior, the internal oblique, and the transversus abdominis to help restore balance to a player’s system.