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,…

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…

Movement Pattern 4: Rotation

Look behind you.  Your head, neck, shoulders, spine, hips, knees, lower legs, ankles and feet ALL have to move.  Movement Pattern 3: Rotation, can be limited in so many different places.  Not only that, you are moving in a new plane of motion – you aren’t just moving forward or backward like the previous movement patterns.  The term rotation was chosen carefully…it is NOT twisting. We have a ton of ability to…