Throwing – Baseball & Softball Strengthening

As far as strength exercises are concerned, we all know several exercises that work our shoulders but aren’t always sure which ones are the best.  Let me start with the exercises that I think should simply be avoided.  Any heavy overhead lifts, shoulder presses, front/lateral raises, deep bench press, or upright rows.  These generally are poorly performed, done with compensatory movements, and can be compressive to underlying structures.  This is not…

Throwing – Baseball & Softball Stretches

Baseball and softball season are underway, and many athletes are now repeatedly stressing their arms, likely without regard to the condition of their shoulder.  I know I used to just get out there and start throwing once it was “baseball season” again.  The problem is that there are many things that should be considered when resuming any overhead activity after a period of inactivity.  For example: 1) If the athlete has pain 2) If…

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…

Knee Alignment – How do you move?

Knee Anatomy Think about how often you bend your knee throughout the day…up/down stairs, curbs, squat to pick something up, bend down to tie or shoe, sit down & get up from a chair or a dozen other reasons that requires bending your knee.  Beyond just bending your knee, you have to control the weight of your body during this raising and lowering.  Now, think of how often you may…

Low Back Pain – Muscle Strain Part II

Welcome back to the follow-up post on muscle strain & low back pain.  As stated in my last post, muscles are primarily response organs.  They react to the stresses placed upon them.  If you use them poorly with bad mechanics, if you overwork them, if they are weak and other surrounding muscles/joints/connective tissue has to compensate, your body WILL break down.  You hope you are not too severely injured and…