Corrective Exercise for the Little League Dad and Elbow Pain

A friend of my just asked my about a pain that he was experiencing in int medial portion of his dominant (right) elbow.

He is a bright guy and thought that maybe doing some coach pitch little league was flaring the elbow up.

He deduced that he was not following through with is regular arm motion and maybe that has something to do with it. He was pitching lower than normal because the kids are so small and he was trying to take some velocity off he ball. Pretty good for a non-fitness person!

My response was simple. It is probably more about what you do before, after, in between and what you have done in the past.

Remember flopping around the gym like a clown for 10 years?

doing just chest and Bis?

How about what you do for 10 hours a day??? 12 if you count your time on facebook every night?

Or the fact that you do not warm up, cool down or exercise other than little league right now???

He can blame his pitching technique all he wants, but you know what it comes down to….alignment and function! Of course some corrective exercise could help, but we need to change; how he sits at the computer, how long he sits at the computer, preparation and recovery from activity and probably how he sleeps.

The good news is he has the opportunity to make some HUGE changes in his life, of just take some Advil and suck it up for the season and let this turn into shoulder pain or headaches of over the next few years. I will go glass half full and vote that he makes some changes, what do you think??

Thanks for reading and have a great night!

Eric Beard
Athletic Performance Enhancement Specialist
Corrective Exercise Specialist

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One Comment

  1. Rick Kaselj - Healing Through Movement
    Posted May 24, 2009 at 6:10 am | Permalink


    Great post.

    It is so much more than the appointment the client spends with you. It is all the other stuff that they do in their life that is adding to the irritation.

    Rick Kaselj
    Core Stability of the Back

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