Pain with throwing a baseball? Shoulder and elbow pain are 2 of the most common areas for injuries in baseball throwing. Often the problem stems from throwing mechanics and repetitive strain on those areas. These injuries may resolve with rest, however if the reason from throwing is not addresses it will be a never-ending cycle of pain over time. Dr. Joe (AKA Baseball Joe!) takes baseball and athletes alike through video demonstration to break down mechanics and see what the cause of injury may be.
3 things to look at with throwing mechanics are:
~Is an individual using their hips for push off or relying on only their upper body?
~When the front foot lands, where is the back shoulder position?
~Is an individual using their body to follow through and not relying on their shoulder to act as their break?
Faults in any of these areas can lead to compensations in shoulder or elbow and cause unnecessary stresses to be placed on them. These are not the only things to be looked at for a throwing evaluation but are great starting points in discovering the “WHY” behind the injury.
Meet Mike Geha, our newest FIT Fam member!!! Mike was born in Rochester, Minnesota but grew up here in Kansas City. He graduated from Washburn University with a BS in Kinesiology: Athletic Training. He's had athletic training experience at the collegiate, professional (including working with the Chiefs), and in a clinical setting. Growing up, he was surrounded by family in the healthcare field and enjoyed participating in and watching sports. He chose his career in athletic training because it combined his passion of sports and healthcare, and he enjoys being a part of the process to help others obtain their goals and perform at the highest level.
You can often find him passing time on the golf course or training for a triathlon. He also enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife, Melissa and the rest of his family.
Trx suspension training is a great method for upper body strengthening. These exercises create an environment where the body has to evenly control the motion on both sides of the body.
TRX Rows: Grab the rings in hands and walk feet forward while leaning backwards. You then will pull your body to the rings and slowly lower back down. Walking feet forward will make the exercise harder.
TRX Push ups: Place hands on rings and move body into push up position. Slowly lower chest towards rings and return. Moving feet closer into upright position will make the exercise easier.