Not Again! An Integrated Assessment and Corrective Exercise Program Could Have Saved This Pitcher

I got excited to see an MD use the term “Kinetic Chain”, then I realized that it was a cruel joke. I came across this article that addressed an injury to St.Luis Cardinals player Chris Carpenter.

“Just as Cardinal fans were rejoicing the return of a healthy Chris Carpenter after two years, he has returned to the DL with an external oblique strain. Atlanta’s third baseman Chipper Jones was plagued by this injury during Spring Training as well. These are unfortunately not uncommon injuries in pitchers and throwing athletes, and usually affect the side opposite of the throwing arm. During the motion of throwing, the muscle can be overstretched beyond its normal resting length and result in tearing of the muscle fibers with secondary injury.”

Why is the muscle over stretched??? What about movement of the plant leg ankle? Stability of the plant leg hip? Integrity of the core stabilizers? Internal rotation of the pitching shoulder?????

The last paragraph of the article sounds good…but what caused the original elbow injury?? They are only paying lip service to the concept of the kinetic chain.

“Complete healing before returning to throwing is imperative, as pitching relies heavily on what has been described as the kinetic chain of throwing. This means that the entire body, starting with the feet and legs up through the abdominal muscles to the shoulder and elbow, all play a role in generating the power needed to pitch. It also implies that each link in the chain needs to be strong to prevent injury further down the line. It is not uncommon for baseball players with problems their hip or abdominal muscles to develop shoulder or elbow problems as a result of trying to overcompensate. This is of particular concern in a pitcher like Chris Carpenter who is coming off Tommy John Surgery to reconstruct his elbow ulnar collateral ligament.

Should have thought about this before the Tommy john was needed! Senseless. Poor guy.

That picture pretty much sums it up…remember to look head to toe and follow a corrective exercise program to eliminate performance inhibitors or waste time and money on rehabilitation later.

Thanks for reading!

Eric Beard
Athletic Performance Enhancement Specialist
Corrective Exercise Specialist

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