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Performance Tips: Prevent baseball throwing injuries

By Twin Cities Orthopedic, 01/13/20, 11:15AM CST

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Throwing, especially in baseball, puts a lot of strain on the body. Whether it’s a 12-6 curve from the pitcher’s mound or a crow hop from the warning track, the arm is enduring incredible force, making it imperative to properly protect against injuries.

Throwing, especially in baseball, puts a lot of strain on the body. Whether it’s a 12-6 curve from the pitcher’s mound or a crow hop from the warning track, the arm is enduring incredible force, making it imperative to properly protect against injuries.

At TCO and Training HAUS, we take baseball injury and prevention very seriously. Throwing a ball is one of the most stressful things an athlete can do to their body, and our Return to Throwing program will help athletes improve their performance through strength and conditioning exercises, as well as monitoring their symptoms through things like pitch counts.

4 tips for baseball pitchers

  1. Pitch Count. Follow these simple pitch count guidelines from the Pitch Smart Compliance Program.
  2. Resting. We recommend 3-4 consecutive months away from competitive pitching every year. During this time, play another sport or work on overall athleticism, strength, and conditioning.
  3. Returning to Throwing. Plan to gradually return to throwing over the course of 10-12 weeks prior to your season. Proper preparation will help limit early-season injury risk.
  4. Proper Training. Follow a comprehensive training program, which should include pre-season, in-season, and post-season. The program should be developed and monitored by a certified athletic trainer, physical therapist, and/or strength and conditioning coach with expertise in baseball care.
     

Interested in taking your throwing skills to the next level? To learn more and schedule your first appointment, call Training HAUS at 952-456-7650. 
 

For urgent medical advice or concerns, please contact your clinic directly. For medical emergencies, please dial 911.

 

 

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This content is presented in partnership with Twin Cities Orthopedics. Twin Cities Orthopedics is committed to providing world-class service to everyone we encounter. Our independent orthopedic specialists deliver individualized care informed by active research and outcomes data. TCO prides itself on being an innovative, nimble organization that can adapt quickly to an ever-changing healthcare environment. 

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