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.
There is no doubt about it, latissimus dorsi injuries in baseball pitchers are becoming more common, and probably will continue to do so as we continue to push out limits of throwing velocity. To prevent, diagnose, and rehabilitate lat injuries, you have to understand the anatomy, function during pitching, and pathomechanics of lat injuries.
In this article, EBP’s Editor-in-Chief Mike Reinold discusses the anatomy, role of the lat during pitching, and reasons why he believe’s lat injuries are increasing. Then, based on this information, he outlines several key factors to considering when trying to prevent, diagnose, and rehabilitate lat injuries in baseball pitchers.
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.
Baseball players reporting arm pain is often a daily occurrence. While pain is most commonly reported in the elbow and shoulder, the actual cause of pain usually stems from poor movement of the shoulder blade. Here are four exercises to improve shoulder blade movement and eliminate arm pain.