Today in youth baseball, there are so many myths that are perpetuated by coaches and parents. While there may be good intentions, these myths can put the athlete at risk of injury. This article details four of the biggest myths that I see with youth baseball players that can be modified for improved safety and overall health.
Is heavy lifting good for pitchers, in the same way that it’s good for other athletes? Getting strong is important, but to what extent? There are three phases that determine if you need to keep pushing, or start backing off to maintain strength and reduce injury risk.
There are many baseball players who shouldn’t be stretching at all since they are loose-jointed. The Laxity Test is a great way to determine if a player is going to need more mobility or stability in their training.
Superior labral tears, anterior to posterior (SLAP) tears are a common reason for anterior shoulder pain in baseball players. These types of injuries can cause significant pain in the late cocking phase. While these types of injuries can be asymptomatic in many baseball players, certain variants of lesions can be very different in that some are stable, while others are unstable. Because of the variety, these types of injuries can be very difficult to not only to play through, but diagnose and examine as a clinician.