The interval throwing program is an important part of the rehabilitation process following surgery or injury. However, there are key components of the program that must be examined before implementing. Starting a throwing program without proper guidance or supervision can cause serious injury or re-injury due to its involvedness. This article identifies those components and how they can be detrimental to adolescent or mature throwers if not addressed properly.
This article outlines how to use recent research from ASMI to create an arm care system for players during baseball season. The most important changes have been linked to range of motion in the throwing arm. At our facility, we identify three changes in measurement as red flags while in season, and those are decreased shoulder flexion, decreased shoulder internal rotation and increasing shoulder external rotation. We have adopted specific mobility and stability exercises as part of an arm care system that draws heavily on this research.
This article details the newest Pitch Smart guidelines from the MLB and USA Baseball. Recommendations include pitch count standards for baseball players aged 7-22 along with suggestions for each age group to be followed throughout the calendar year that limit volume and workload. These personalized guidelines can help to establish a framework and foundation of youth player safety as long as both coaches and parents alike follow them.
This article highlights the differences between acute and chronic workload ratios. Take the example of a pitcher that did no throwing over Christmas break and the first week back is expected to reach max long toss distances and throw a bullpen. They essentially went from 0 to 100 in a matter of days. It’s not always on coaches; athletes are just as responsible, if not more, for taking care of their throwing during these breaks. Too much too soon and you’ll be sidelined.