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Prepping Your Teen for a Safe Baseball & Softball Season

 

Despite some wintery weather hitting some parts of the country, spring really is around the corner! MLB spring training and high school baseball and softball seasons are in full swing. Life on the diamond and in the outfield may not have the explosive contact that football or lacrosse do, but it can still be rough on players!

Players need to be well-conditioned in order to avoid injuries. Shoulders are a common issue, with potential problems including:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder instability
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Labral tears
  • Cumulative trauma disorder

 Elbows (medial epicondylitis) and the lower body (hamstring and meniscal injuries) can also take a beating. Many of these problems are not always acute, but can also happen over time due to over-use and over-training.

 The foundation of proper conditioning is practicing an appropriate stretching routine. A good stretching routine can help minimize muscle imbalances, prevent injury, enable you to exercise harder and longer, and improve overall performance.

 In addition, many players overlook the importance of proper – and properly fitted – gear. Buying your own equipment instead of using share team gear is a smart investment. Age and body size are not the only things to consider. Body mechanics, lefty versus righty, weight, experience, and engagement level (are you a casual weekend warrior or is your motto, “Leave it ALL on the field, EVERY time you play!”) all play into what you buy and whether or not you buy budget items or splurge on the best.

 Investing time in a great conditioning routine and a little bit of money in the right personal equipment will pay off. This could be your best season yet. Play ball!

 At Miller Physical Therapy, we love all sports and baseball is no exception!

If you would like more information on how to prevent baseball injuries, or how to rehab successfully from an injury, please call us for your complimentary consultation.

We’ll keep you happy, healthy, and hitting home runs all season long! 561-278-6055


The Miller PT Team

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