It’s the championship game that he has been training for weeks. The 13-year old pitcher stands at the mound. He winds up, goes for the pitch, and POP!!! Uh oh. He cradles his arm and winces in pain. He is now on a long road to recovery from a Tommy John injury. Elbow pain in…

Many athletes accept the fallacy that knee pain is the inevitable cost of running. While it is true that running places a great amount of force on the knee joint, it isn’t always the impact that causes pain. Believe it or not, running actually strengthens the knee joint and the surrounding bones. Have you heard of Wolff’s…

Is it smart to set athletes up for specializing in a sport at a young age? That is a question that comes up often in coaching, training, and when helping young athletes to overcome sports injuries. The answer is contested, and if you don’t think so, just visit a youth game, swim meet, fencing tournament,…

It sounds like a new water sport, but swimmers can use these special tools to improve performance and recovery in and out of the water. Taking care of your body doesn’t have to be expensive, but it does have to be accurate and consistent, and with the proper tools and know-how from a professional, you…

The ball zings by the batter at speeds up to 80 mph. The crowd cheers, the batter strikes out, and the elbow shrieks in pain. Many throwing athletes know the pain of an elbow injury. Elbow injuries are one of the most common injuries in young baseball players. The spring season is around the corner. It is important for…

At COR Physical Therapy in Santa Clara, we have a wide range of individuals who seek treatment from injuries. A commonality has been young athletes with overuse youth injuries. As we all know young children are always moving around and having fun. They do sometimes get over excited and hurt themselves. It’s important to be conscious…

Baseball results in stress on the elbow and ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). The UCL (Tommy John Ligament) is the primary stabilizer of the elbow against stress on the inside of the elbow. Acute injuries and/or chronic degeneration of the UCL (Tommy John Ligament) can lead to pain, decreased control, and decreased velocity, all affecting a pitcher’s…

When I played baseball, we always had a basic warm up exercises for baseball. We would run to the opposite foul pole and play toss at different distances. Over the years I have realized this warm-up program was not beneficial and potentially harmful! We need to educate our players on the proper way to warm-up….

Take Home Points Batter’s shoulder occurs from a batter stopping their swing, causing posterior shoulder instability. An individualized physical therapy helps return a batter quickly and prevent the injury from reoccurring.  Batter’s shoulder causes posterior instability leading to episodic subluxation of the lead shoulder during the baseball swing (Wanich 2012). A subluxation is defined as an…

Take Home Points Pitching places high stress at the UCL ligament The return rate after initial Tommy John surgery is high. The return rate decrease with subsequent Tommy John surgeries. Shoulder and elbow prevention programs are mandatory for pitchers.  The Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) is the main stabilizer in the elbow during the pitching motion. When a pitcher brings…