Category Archive: Baseball and Softball

May
02

Avoid Spring Baseball Shoulder Pain

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It happens every spring.  A young pitching ace that started strong is now beginning to lose some speed on his fast ball.  A third baseman that had no problems last week can’t throw to first base without pain.  Shoulder pain in young baseball players occurs every spring just as the first robin, warmer temperatures, and …

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May
11

Health and Safety Tips for Youth Baseball Coaches – Part 2 of 2

Prevent Overuse Injuries in Youth Sports. Part 2 of 2 on Health and Safety Tips for Youth Baseball Coaches. Recently, much attention has been given to the drastic increase in the incidence of serious injuries in youth sports, like baseball, from overuse. In my practiced as an orthopedic and sports physical therapist, I have seen …

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May
04

Health and Safety Tips for Youth Baseball Coaches – Part 1 of 2

Youth baseball can be a very rewarding experience for young participants, parents and coaches. Generally, well-intended people dedicate countless hours to develop and maintain baseball fields, organize schedules, and instruct basic baseball skills. However, most coaches, without a medical background or additional training, may not have the skill and knowledge to provide a healthy and …

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May
14

Glute Strengthening for Softball Players

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Guest Columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, DPT, OCS The sport of fast-pitch softball has become one of the most popular sports for female athletes in the United States. Female pitchers might not use a hard ball, but their injuries are just as significant as their male counterparts. Their shoulders endure the same torture and torment of …

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Mar
19

ACL Injury May End Season But Not Career: Part 1 of 4 on ACL Injury

Part 1 of 4 What do Matthew Knowles, Danielle Dalessandro and Matthew Langan have in common? These local basketball stars had their season cut short due to devastating knee injuries: torn anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL). However, while they may have ended their seasons, they did NOT end their careers! Knowles and Langan tore their ACL’s …

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Apr
11

Hamstring Injuries in Spring Sports: Part 2

Last week’s column presented the cause and symptoms of a hamstring strain. This week will be dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of this injury.

Apr
04

Hamstring Injuries in Spring Sports: Part 1

Hamstring strains are very common in spring sports in Northeastern Pennsylvania in great part due to our climate. Each spring, as the season begins, many athletes suffer from pain in the back of their thigh when they pull or strain the hamstring muscle from aggressive activity in cold temperatures, following a long winter layoff. This week’s column presents the cause and symptoms of a hamstring strain.

Mar
28

Before You Throw, Take It From a Pro: Pitching Tips

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Guest Columnist: Gary E. Mattingly, PT, PhD The first robin, the last mound of snow melting, crocuses emerging from the ground, the budding of trees: these all signal the beginning of Spring. But for some, Spring doesn’t officially begin until the first pitch is thrown with the start of baseball practice. Ron Chiavacci, former professional …

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Mar
21

Prepare Your Shoulder for Spring Sports: Part 2

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Today’s article emphasizes core exercises that are more sport specific. These exercises are for sports that emphasize the use of the arms. This would include all throwing sports (baseball, softball), all racket sports and golf.

Mar
14

Prepare Your Shoulder for Spring Sports: Part 1

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It is not too early to think about the onset of spring sports!

May
24

Little League Elbow is No Little Problem

Spring has arrived and baseball season is around the corner. It is hard to believe that a healthy young little leaguer has to worry about injuries. They seem so flexible, agile, strong, and fast. Unfortunately, because their bones are not fully developed, they are vulnerable to “Little League Elbow.”

May
17

Health and Safety Tips for Youth Baseball Coaches

Youth baseball can be a very rewarding experience for young participants, parents and coaches. However, most coaches, without a medical background or additional training, may not have the skill and knowledge to provide a healthy and safe environment.

May
03

Prohormone Supplements: Best to Say “No” to “Andro”

The controversy over the use of prohormone nutritional supplementation in humans (andro) has continued since the investigations of popular athletes. A recent study in the American College of Sports Medicine found, while these supplements are widely marketed, the scientific data supporting the effectiveness is lacking.

May
15

Injury Prevention and Safety for Spring and Summer Sports

Soon summer will be here. It is that time of year when kids begin playing summer sports and attending summer sports camps. It is also a time when injury rates are high due to extreme temperatures, poor conditioning, and poor hydration. One concern I have always had was the fact that well-intended coaches did not always have the information or staff to have an effective plan to prevent or manage injuries.