Youth Baseball – What the research says about injury risk

For anyone who is interested in youth baseball or softball, I urge you to pay attention to the numbers…some of the data is staggering.  I would like to make this entire post HIGHLY based in the available research and evidence – not my opinions.  I am basically summarizing what has been researched and published in this post.  Of course, I will elaborate on a few things along the way, but I…

The Shoulder – Amazing & Complex (Part II)

Now, the front of the shoulder – it was left off last post.  The reason: without a stable shoulder blade, your “shoulder” doesn’t stand a chance of moving or feeling better. If the shoulder blade is sitting awkwardly or, more importantly moving awkwardly, you are predisposed to negative issues. It is typically the front of the shoulder that can become an issue because of overuse and lack of posterior support…

The Shoulder – Amazing & Complex (Part I)

Oh, the shoulder…where do I start?  I previously addressed the shoulder movement pattern, but feel I need to explain the shoulder in a little greater detail here.  This is not an anatomy lesson, so I don’t want to go into too much detail.  Just know it is complex, very mobile but highly unstable and therefore subject to injury.  It is comprised of the Glenohumeral joint (that is the typical ball…

Movement Pattern 7: Shoulder

Ok, I am finally getting around to posting my thoughts on the shoulder and the movements that are associated with it.  I originally did not discuss the shoulder in the foundational movement patterns, as the shoulder is more involved than these combined shoulder movement assessments…but this method still has merit.  The complexity of the shoulder is the primary reason that I did not initially include them in the prior movement pattern…

Hip Pain – Is it my hip, back, pelvis, or thigh?

Hamstring Stretch When you think about pain in your “hip”, it seems people often call any pain that is off to the side in a general area “hip pain”.  Ultimately, the actual hip joint itself is not often the source of the pain.  Pain that is NOT directly on the side could be coming from your pelvis, butt, back, or leg.  We can address these concerns in another post.  Pain that IS directly on the…