A pilot study was recently published in Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice which looked at balance deficits in throwing athletes (specifically baseball players) and whether or not it could determine injury risk. The study was a small sample size of just baseball pitchers but it did highlight some interesting points. The results showed that approximately 30% of the participants increased their injury risk after throwing an average of 30 pitches. Further, the study highlighted a significant decline in performance on the Y-balance test following pitching.
With any athlete, the concern is always keeping the individual healthy. For baseball pitcher specifically we worry about shoulder, elbow, hip, and back issues that can start to develop as a result of poor transfer of energy during a pitch. As such, there parameters put in place to avoid injury such as age-related restrictions on pitch count. This article highlights that injury prevention tactics should also involve a thorough evaluation of the athlete including dynamic balance.
At Mana Physical Therapy we provide each of our athletes with the dedicated time necessary to assess fully for range of motion, strength, and balance issues. Each evaluation is tailored specifically to that athlete’s sport in order to enhance outcomes following therapy and ensure a quick return to sport or an injury-free season. Call 732-390-8100 today to schedule.
Schroeder, Stacia and Gorman, Sharon L. “Decrease Balance and Injury Risk in Adolescent Baseball Pitchers”. Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice.Volume 30, number 3 (2018): 156-9.