Did Steve Strasburg have the G.I.R.D. and Could His Injury Have Been Prevented?

I am not a Washington Nationals fan. I am a Boston Red Sox fan to be exact but I hate to see injuries like this, on any level. The story is out all over the major media outlets that Steve Strasburg, the next prodigy of professional baseball has suffered an injury to his ulna collateral ligament and will most likely require Tommy John Surgery to repair the damage.

Pundits from all walks of sports and sports medicine, including ex Red Sox, Curt Schilling have commented on who is to blame and why the injury occurred. Was he rushed to the majors? Allowed to pitch too many innings over his your career? Or were the basics of human movement ignored yet again?

Schilling narrates down bio-mechanical breakdowns in his delivery on n ESPN segment that I found and I actually found some good insights to build off of.
The back elbow opens up too much here...
His right shoulder does not internally rotate properly. This leads to the elbow extension during the early cocking phase.

Pitching Cycle Breakdown

His back side hip needs some help too.

When the shoulder does not internally rotate properly players develop excessive external rotation and during the follow through there is an extreme increase in forces transferred to the medial elbow, particularly the ulna ligament.
His right hip does not appear to internally rotate as well and maybe not even extend. This will wear down the cartilage in the hip which can lead to arthritis and even tears in the labrum, just ask Mike Lowell and Alex Rodriguez about that.

Mike need some help what his hip and some dorsiflexion!

Did he have the hip rotation he needed before surgery???

Ouch! Poor kid...

I hope these basic stretches and mobilizations were included in Starsburg’s corrective program, if indeed he was on one.

Let’s look to improve the quality of care and injury prevention our athletes, friends and families receive.

Thanks for reading.

Eric Beard
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Corrective Exercise Specialist

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  1. Posted August 28, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Permalink


    Great post.

    I know you went through GIRD in great detail in the webinar:

    Addressing Muscular Imbalances in the Shoulder

    If people want more details on your webinar on the shoulder and GIRD they should check out:


    Keep up the blog.

    Rick Kaselj of ExercisesForInjuries.com

    P.S. – Plus I like what you talked about when in came to the SICK scapula in your webinar.


  2. will
    Posted August 28, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the information. I love to learn. This helps. I myself have experienced injuries because I have deficits in certain areas.

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