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…

Injury Risk vs. Injury Prevention – What’s the difference?

Preventing injuries.  Is that a realistic claim?  At this time, I am not convinced that it is… First, I think we need to talk about why a prevention/prediction model is difficult and what has to be accounted for if we wish to eventually build one.  While injury prevention is our long term goal, we have too many variables to control for at this point.  Here are a few points highlighted by Kitman Labs,…

Return To Sport – “In-Season” Considerations

In life, there are numerous factors in any given situation – context, background, timelines, conditions, goals, etc. that all need to be considered.  This is no different than decisions needing to be made in sports medicine with regards to returning an athlete to their sport.   In my last post, there were some assumptions made that we could work in an ideal scenario with the luxury of time and resources.  More often, there…

Return to Sport – Training

When considering all aspects of Return to Sport, one thing the profession of physical therapy does a very poor job of (in my opinion) is addressing the fitness and training demands required of the athletic population.  In fact, I would argue that the medical community in general lacks guidance in this avenue.  We FAR too often tie the hands of our strength and conditioning professionals by telling them, “no cutting/pivoting,”…

Return to Sport – Testing

Last post I left off talking about the concepts of what Return to Sport means.  Now, let’s talk about what tests to use.  I would like to introduce several tests that allow us to comprehensively assess an athlete’s abilities and help to determine readiness to return to sports.  That said, There are SO MANY valuable tests and ways to measure things…but we may only have time, equipment & evidence to support a handful.…