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.
“Batter’s shoulder,” or posterior shoulder instability, is experienced with repetitive posterior shoulder stress which occurs specifically with baseball batting. Often, swinging and missing as well as reaching for an outside pitch can cause this posterior trauma. The article explains the mechanism behind the injury, the normal guide of treating the pathology, and putting shoulder instability of baseball player’s in perspective.
One of the simplest, yet most effective training aids for any baseball pitcher is a radar gun. At one point in time, I was actually against having youth baseball pitchers use a radar gun too often and focus on velocity, but I actually think that there are a few great benefits. And with recent advances in technology of radar guns, people can easily get an affordable pocket-size radar run, like the Pocket Radar, to use at home. One of the key differentiators I see between amateur and professional baseball pitchers is often just intent. What I mean is, our pro ball pitchers tend to throw with much more intent than our younger pitchers. Sure, this could be that pro ball pitchers are older, bigger, and stronger. But intent isn’t just an output of mass and strength. It’s also an output of intensity, which is something many youth need to learn. Even in our sports performance programs at Champion, our early focus with people new to training is developing intent when training. So while I don’t necessarily want our amateur baseball pitchers focusing solely on velocity, I still think there are a bunch of great uses of a radar gun during training. Here are my top 3 ways baseball pitchers can use a radar gun to enhance performance.
While ACL injuries are common in all sports, they are not often discussed in the baseball population. There is a heavy amount of new research that can give us clues as to how to safely return athletes to sport following ACL reconstruction, which has become a hot topic issue in the sports rehabilitation world. This article discusses some of these research findings as well as some considerations that should be made for athletes returning to baseball after ACL reconstruction.