A Good Rule of Thumb for Working with Injured Pitchers
Written on March 26, 2009 at 6:06 am, by Eric Cressey
If you have a pitcher athlete with good shoulder ROM (normal GIRD and symmetrical total motion), sufficient thoracic spine mobility, good scapular stability, and adequate tissue quality who has rehabbed and long-tossed pain-free, but has shoulder/elbow pain when he gets back on the mound, CHECK THE HIPS!
Staying closed and flying open will be your two most common culprits; this cannot be seen in a doctor’s office! Changing lead leg positioning is a quick way to indirectly (and negatively) impact the position of the arm. Guys who stay closed have to throw across their body, and guys who fly open often have problems with the arm trailing too far behind (out of the scapular plane).
For more information, check out the Optimal Shoulder Performance DVD Set.
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