Shoulder Health and Throwing Sports

Throwing a baseball, softball, javelin, or anything for that matter is usually a very violent motion for the shoulder and elbow joints. Individuals in sports that require repetitive throwing should strengthen and stretch their entire upper body to help protect their shoulder joints from these potentially damaging movements. Rotator cuff exercises should be done consistently since those are the muscles primarily responsible for keeping your shoulder in its socket. All athletes, young athletes especially, should get plenty of rest between throwing bouts to help minimize wear and tear. Athletes with pain, inflammation, or minor tears should adequately rest and rehabilitate their shoulders so their issue does not become chronic or require surgery.

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