Proper arm care is a must for baseball players and, specifically, pitchers. If you are not doing anything in the off season to prepare your shoulder for the rigors of the season, you are doing yourself a disservice. Let’s break the preparation for baseball season into 3 phases.
I am a physical therapist and that means that my ability to get results and improvement for my patients is heavily reliant on their motivation. If the patients are not motivated to do the work, then they are not likely to get better. Usually by the time they come to my office, they are somewhat motivated because they have taken that initial step of making an appointment.
Often times, when the patient finds out the amount of time and effort it will take to get better, his or her motivation can start to wane. Because of this, we start PT sessions with goal setting. If the patient and the PT have an understanding about what the goals are then motivation is easier to maintain. To think about this in a more practical way, think of weight loss.
An X-ray is a picture of your joint or your bone, but it doesn’t often tell us much about what is causing your pain. We know this because patients can have really degenerative and arthritic joints on X-ray, but don’t have pain. The opposite is also true; you can have a normal X-ray and be in excruciating pain. This is because there is little to no relationship between the severity of arthritis and pain.
Patients often come to our office very dejected after being told by the doctor that they have arthritis, as if they have been sentenced to constant pain for the rest of their days. Nothing could be further from the truth. In many cases, the onset of pain is recent but the arthritis has been slowly coming on for years to decades, so why now must they be saddled with constant pain? This myth of pain equals arthritis is something that PT’s work very hard to dispel with patients on a daily basis.
If not, it is hurting your performance on the field or in the office.
Having normal sleep patterns is something that many people struggle with, but having a routine can be a huge boost to your energy, performance, and pain levels. Research recommends that adults get 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night. This goes for those people that say, “I only need about 4-5 hours of sleep.” You may be able to function on less sleep, but that does not mean you are functioning optimally.
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Also it is important to know that all tissues heal at a relatively predictable rate even if there are other factors that might slow healing. Pain is often not very well correlated with how much tissue damage has occurred.
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