Baseball Performance & Recovery
Brady Hoffmann DPT, ATC
Owner and Founder of UpSlope PT
A Message From Dr. Brady Hoffmann, Owner & Founder of UpSlope Physical Therapy & Performance.
Throwing a baseball is one of, if not the most stressful (and complicated) actions in all of sports. It requires everything from head to toes to work together in unison and any issue along the way can lead to pain and injury.
As a player, you may find yourself wondering if this pain and soreness is normal or something more serious.
You aren’t alone- about 50% of youth baseball players report shoulder or elbow pain at least once during their season. That is an alarming stat!
Personally, I was a part of that 50% and had to miss a full season due to an elbow injury. I don’t want it to come to that extreme for you.
Does That Sound Like You?
Do you believe/hope that this pain will go away on its own?
Do you take pain medications just to be able to get through a game and be in pain for the next couple of days afterwards?
This is never the best option. The pain probably won’t go away on its own and most likely your performance will suffer.
If You’re Currently Experiencing Shoulder or Elbow Pain when Throwing Here’s 5 More Reasons Why It Could Be Lasting Longer Than It Should:
1. You thought it would go away on it’s own – but it didn’t
2. You went to the doctor who told you to rest and take painkillers – but the pills did nothing to help your shoulder or elbow pain. The pain meds might be enough to get through a game, but you are in pain for days afterwards
3. A Coach, or teammate, told you that shoulder or elbow pain is normal and everyone gets it, so you just accepted it
4. You tried other Healthcare Professionals, or a Physical Therapist in the past, but nothing they said or did seemed to help
5. Your Arm Care Program was either nothing at all or was the exact same program, day after day, week after week, month after month. Those programs were sufficient for Rotator Cuff strength, but really lacked in Scapular Strength Development.
if any of these have happened to you – we would love to help you by inviting you to book a call to talk with our Baseball Rehab Specialist to find out what can be done to help you. The fact that you’ve tried any or all of these things already is actually a GOOD THING because when you know what doesn’t work – you are closer to finding the thing that does!
When it comes to working with baseball players, while you have to specialize in treating shoulder & elbow injuries, you also have to understand how the entire body moves because everything is interconnected. So, it’s impossible to be an expert in one particular body part without being an expert in the others.
Click the link below to book a call with us if you would like to get some solid advice given to you over the phone. The phone call is complimentary and there is no obligation to book any appointments with us after the call is over. Our goal is to help you make the right decision about what to do next.
“What Can I Do To Manage My Shoulder or Elbow Pain Quickly?”...
Well, here’s 4 things you can do:
1. First off, you need to make a decision about getting help: So many people procrastinate for so long, thinking that pain when throwing will ‘just go away with time’, but then 6 months down the line they’re still putting up with it, and nothing’s changed…or it gets worse.
2. Next, do the RIGHT exercises: We will establish an indivdualized Arm care program that will include the right seioes of progressed exercises that will help reduce pain, improve performance and make sure that this pain doesn’t come back again. This program will change depending on the season and your phase of recovery
3.Find A Doctor who understands baseball: At UpSlope Physical Therapy, we understand baseball because we were once players. We have worked with tons of players at the youth, high school, college, and pro level. We will be able to determine if you need to shut it down, rehab, or seek attention from doctors who understand the demands of the sport.
4.Get real, “hands-on” Physical Therapy: Physical therapy is proven to help people with Baseball related injuries. In fact at UpSlope Physical Therapy & Performance it’s one of the most common populations we treat. If your injury is limiting your performance on the field- Physical therapy can help get back on the field as soon as possible with specific rehab and individualized return to throwing programs.
If you would like to know how the physical therapists at UpSlope Physical Therapy & Performance can help you live with less Baseball Performance & Recovery – we invite you to start with a completely free, no-obligation, risk free appointment