Strength Training and Injury Prevention for Throwing Athletes
Most athletes, whether you realize it or not, are throwers.
Think about it. The first throwing sports you may picture are the classics: Baseball, softball, the quarterback on the football team, the shot put, discus, and javelin throwers on the track and field team.
Those are the images that typically pop into your head when you think of a throwing athlete.
What you might not realize is that throwing motions are done in almost every sport. Think of a tennis player serving the ball, a volleyball player serving or spiking the ball, a basketball player making a big outlet pass…
How about that same basketball player making a chest pass? Isn’t that a similar movement as a football lineman pushing his opponent?
What about the soccer player throwing the ball in from out of bounds?
Or the swimmer gliding through the water using the same repetitive motions with their shoulders?
These are all throwing motions!
When you participate in sports at the high rates athletes do today, you are bound to have shoulder, elbow, wrist, and finger injuries.
Tommy John surgeries are on the rise as are rotator cuff injuries, labrum tears, and elbow tendonitis. I won’t bore you with the numbers, but the studies are out there and it is shocking how frequently these major injuries are happening each year and that the age of the athletes experiencing these injuries gets younger and younger…
Youth sports are more popular than ever. Town rec leagues, church leagues, AAU, All Star, travel leagues, sport specific coaching facilities, position specific coaching, and youth/college showcase events mean your athletes can play their sport 12 months a year without taking a true off-season.
The constant repetitive motions along with specializing at a younger age means the overuse injuries that we used to see in college and professional sports are starting to happen at the middle school and high school level.
You can’t stop younger athletes from falling in love with one sport and specializing early. It happens!
The youth sports movement will continue to grow and overuse injuries will continue to happen at the middle and high school level…
But that doesn’t mean you have to just sit around and weight for throwing injuries to come about.
You can start modifying your training NOW to head those injuries off at the pass.
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