A recent report in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy has shown the baseball pitchers with Tommy John injuries have weaker rotator cuff strength than healthy players.
Pitching is a violently explosive athletic movement that if not controlled, can lead to career ending injuries. The more efficient the pitcher can become at decelerating the forward, rotational and downward forces of the throwing motion the more control the pitcher will have of his body as it progresses towards home plate. By training the deceleration phase effectively, less stress will be placed on the posterior shoulder musculature and rotator cuff.
Although Tommy John injuries continue to rise, our understanding of these injuries also continues to improve. Unfortunately, there are still many myths surround Tommy John injuries. In order to best prevent these injuries and help injured players return, we must completely understand the injury mechanisms.
Heart rate variability (HRV) can be an important metric for athletes to measure recovery and response to stress. A recent research report was published looked at HRV between starts in professional baseball pitchers.