The College World Series is in full swing. Teams from all across the nation have made the trek to Omaha, Nebraska—the mecca of College Baseball—to compete. By June 25th, one talented team will be celebrating at TD Ameritrade Park as the new National Champions.
However sweet the victory may be, with all of the pitching, catching, swinging and throwing can come injuries. The intensity of the sport, combined with the years of repetitive motions, can lead to painful shoulder or elbow injuries.
Baseball Shoulder Injuries
Baseball players, especially pitchers, are required to throw the ball thousands of times during a season. The shoulder is one of the main driving forces when putting power behind the ball. This repetition of quick and intense motion in such an isolated area can sometimes cause injuries.
One common shoulder injury is bursitis. Bursitis occurs when the fluid-filled cushions around the bone and ligaments become inflamed. Tendonitis is similar to bursitis, since it is also a soft tissue inflammation. Tendonitis is inflammation in the tendons which can cause aches and pains or muscle stiffness. Rotator cuff issues, such as frozen shoulder, are also common in baseball players. This injury often occurs after some sort of trauma or an escalation of a smaller injury. Frozen shoulder results from adhesions forming on the capsule in the shoulder. These thickening adhesions can cause the fascia or ligaments to become distorted, rendering the shoulder immobile.
Each of these injuries can result from overuse, improper form or trauma.
Baseball Elbow Injuries
While most of the power for batting and throwing often comes from the shoulder, the elbow also plays a major part in whipping that ball or bat around. Because it is such a mobile joint, it is also prone to numerous injuries.
Ironically, one of the most common baseball elbow injuries is Tennis Elbow. The symptoms for Tennis Elbow include inflammation, soreness or pain on the outside of the upper arm near the elbow. It is caused by overuse of the muscles and tendons in the forearm. For baseball players, this overuse can come from the thousands of rounds of throwing, catching and batting. This inflammation can cause pain and stiffness around the muscle and joint.
Baseball Injury Prevention Tips
Active rehab is a key component in keeping athletes’ bodies limber and injury free. Tools like the Lacrosse Ball and the Foam Roller are great for working out stiff muscles. By working through tight muscles and pinpointing trigger spots, you keep your fascia in good shape and your muscles flexible.
Stability is also important for injury prevention. Shoulder stability is especially important for baseball players or any athlete who endures intense repetitive motions. Focusing on stabilizing your joints also helps make them stronger and less susceptible to injury.
If nagging pains have been keeping you off the field this season, call Airrosti to see how our specially trained providers can get you pain free and back in the game, fast.