Spring Training Tips: Preventing Upper Body Sports Injury
Injury Care & Prevention Apr 2, 2019
Spring Training Tips: Preventing Upper Body Sports Injury

Many spring sports involve the upper body and arms and can be very taxing on these muscles and joints and unfortunately can cause injury. For example, swimming, volleyball, baseball, softball and tennis all involve a ton of upper body activity and there are frequent injuries associated with these sports. These sports can affect the shoulders, elbows and even the wrists. Physical therapy can absolutely help you recover from these types of sports-related activities. With that, what if you went to Orthology and saw a physical therapist (P.T.) or chiropractor before you actually sustained an injury and were able to prevent that injury from happening? Well, you can do that! In fact, we encourage you to come see us early, often and even before an injury or area of pain is sustained. We can determine where you are at today as a baseline.

The most common upper body injury or area of pain and discomfort are the shoulders. The shoulders have the most range of motion of any other joint in the body. Because of this, they are more vulnerable to injury due to their ability to move in all directions and not have as many large muscles or joint support to keep them stable. An Orthology provider will assess your shoulders and determine where you are at compared to where you should be in terms of range of motion (how much you can move at that joint), soft tissue mobility and flexibility, and strength of the muscles that surround that area. Our P.T. and chiro staff know the “norms” and when these values are abnormal or outside of what they should be. From there, he or she can determine the proper treatment plan in order to get you back to normal range. This is the same for the elbows and the wrists.

The great thing about seeing a physical therapist or chiropractor is that he or she can also assess your movement patterns related to your particular sport. If you play volleyball, for example, then he or she will watch you perform your particular motions and actions for serving, hitting, blocking or setting the ball that involve your upper body. This is called sport-specific retraining and sport-specific rehabilitation. Let an Orthology provider be your movement specialist and help you to modify your faulty movement patterns and/or determine what needs to be fixed in order to get you back to 100%. For example, it may be that you are not elevating your elbow high enough when serving the volleyball and therefore it is causing undue strain on your shoulder or elbow muscles.

By addressing potential movement dysfunctions prior to injury we can actually prevent injuries. A physical therapist or chiropractor can also help you get stronger and more efficient with your upper body movements so that you are less likely to get injured and more effective and successful at your sport. Whatever your sport or whatever your injury may be, make an appointment with us. We can determine where you are at today and how to get you as successful as possible in your sport, as well as areas for improvement or how to reduce your risk of injury.