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Category: Baseball and Softball

Jun 10, 2019

Preventing Softball Pitching Injuries

High school softball season is over; however, many young women will continue their sport throughout the summer. Unfortunately, female athletes are often forgotten when it comes to injury prevention. It is the purpose of this column to raise the level of awareness regarding prevention of pitching injuries in softball. Pitching injuries in softball are very […]

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May 2, 2016

Avoid Spring Baseball Shoulder Pain

It happens every spring.  A young pitching ace that started strong is now beginning to lose some speed on his fast ball.  A third baseman that had no problems last week can’t throw to first base without pain.  Shoulder pain in young baseball players occurs every spring just as the first robin, warmer temperatures, and […]

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May 11, 2015

Health and Safety Tips for Youth Baseball Coaches - Part 2 of 2

Prevent Overuse Injuries in Youth Sports. Part 2 of 2 on Health and Safety Tips for Youth Baseball Coaches. Recently, much attention has been given to the drastic increase in the incidence of serious injuries in youth sports, like baseball, from overuse. In my practiced as an orthopedic and sports physical therapist, I have seen […]

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May 4, 2015

Health and Safety Tips for Youth Baseball Coaches - Part 1 of 2

Youth baseball can be a very rewarding experience for young participants, parents and coaches. Generally, well-intended people dedicate countless hours to develop and maintain baseball fields, organize schedules, and instruct basic baseball skills. However, most coaches, without a medical background or additional training, may not have the skill and knowledge to provide a healthy and […]

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May 14, 2012

Glute Strengthening for Softball Players

Guest Columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, DPT, OCS The sport of fast-pitch softball has become one of the most popular sports for female athletes in the United States. Female pitchers might not use a hard ball, but their injuries are just as significant as their male counterparts. Their shoulders endure the same torture and torment of […]

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Mar 19, 2012

ACL Injury May End Season But Not Career: Part 1 of 4 on ACL Injury

Part 1 of 4 What do Matthew Knowles, Danielle Dalessandro and Matthew Langan have in common? These local basketball stars had their season cut short due to devastating knee injuries: torn anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL). However, while they may have ended their seasons, they did NOT end their careers! Knowles and Langan tore their ACL’s […]

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Apr 11, 2011

Hamstring Injuries in Spring Sports: Part 2

Last week’s column presented the cause and symptoms of a hamstring strain. This week will be dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of this injury.

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Apr 4, 2011

Hamstring Injuries in Spring Sports: Part 1

Hamstring strains are very common in spring sports in Northeastern Pennsylvania in great part due to our climate. Each spring, as the season begins, many athletes suffer from pain in the back of their thigh when they pull or strain the hamstring muscle from aggressive activity in cold temperatures, following a long winter layoff. This week’s column presents the cause and symptoms of a hamstring strain.

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Mar 28, 2011

Before You Throw, Take It From a Pro: Pitching Tips

Guest Columnist: Gary E. Mattingly, PT, PhD The first robin, the last mound of snow melting, crocuses emerging from the ground, the budding of trees: these all signal the beginning of Spring. But for some, Spring doesn’t officially begin until the first pitch is thrown with the start of baseball practice. Ron Chiavacci, former professional […]

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Mar 21, 2011

Prepare Your Shoulder for Spring Sports: Part 2

Today’s article emphasizes core exercises that are more sport specific. These exercises are for sports that emphasize the use of the arms. This would include all throwing sports (baseball, softball), all racket sports and golf.

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