How to prevent baseball & softball injuries
To prevent injuries when playing baseball or softball it’s always important to wear protective braces, stretch, warm up before practices and games, and work on keeping proper form when you play.
One of the most common baseball and softball injuries happens to the rotator cuff.
This is a common injury for baseball and softball pitchers. Repetitive throwing can cause pain that eventually can result in rotator cuff tendinitis. The best way to avoid injuries like these is by conditioning with exercises that work on flexibility and range of motion. It’s also important to allow enough time to rest between games and practices.
Injuries to the elbow are also common.
Medial elbow pain, for example, is a common overuse injury that is caused by repetitive throwing. Symptoms include a sharp pain to the inner elbow when throwing the ball. Another common elbow injury is done to the ulnar collateral ligament. This ligament is responsible for stabilizing your elbow. Injuring this ligament can be career-altering and could even end the career of a throwing athlete.
Knee injuries are also very common in baseball and softball because both sports require a lot of starting and stopping movements.
This type of force on a knee can cause torn ligaments, which can be serious injuries depending on the damage. Small tears take a few weeks to heal but if you completely tear a ligament then you’ll need surgery.
Sprains and strains are usually due to overuse and are common in all athletes.
Typical symptoms for muscle sprains and strains include pain or tenderness of the area, weakness, and muscle spasms. The only way to care for a sprained or strained muscle is by resting.
The great news is that you don’t need to worry about going multiple places for sports-related injuries! Dr. Emblom is an OnBaseU Certified healthcare professional and has specialized training specific to baseball and softball. He offers exercises, injury prevention, and advice that non-certified chiropractors cannot offer. OnBaseU Certified healthcare professionals are passionate about the sports of baseball and softball. They also have a deep understanding of the swing and its unique impact and challenges on a player’s body.
A healthcare professional that is OnBaseU Certified understands:
• The mechanics of pitching and hitting
• How to improve speed and power
• How to reduce and prevent injury
Since Dr. Emblom is an OnBaseU Certified healthcare professional, he can offer care created from and optimized for your sport. Every player is unique with their individual athletic needs and goals. Dr. Emblom has the best tools to help your injuries heal and get you back in the game and at your best.
Dr. Emblom is ready to help you!
Dr. Dustin Emblom of Allied Chiropractic is an OnBaseU Certified healthcare professional who’s passionate about helping his patients improve their ball game and get them back on top of their game.
Schedule an appointment for an OnBaseU Certified consultation and assessment at Allied Chiropractic today!
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