Repeated forceful throwing or pitching can put excessive stress on the elbow. This is why pitchers are limited in the amount of pitches they can throw per day.
It's one thing to limit the amount of pitches, and another to identify the pitchers mechanics and any impairments they may have that contribute to increased stress at the elbow...
Some common impairments that can be improved to relieve stress at the elbow include
- Shoulder mobility
- Rotator cuff strength
- Scapular strength
- Thoracic mobility
- Hip mobility
In this week's patient education article, we aim to educate the pitcher about these important details and offer some simple exercises with videos to get started on...