Pitching injuries can put a dent in your season for good, and no one likes a bench warmer. We’ve compiled a couple of the most common injuries, symptoms, and support to help you out.
Rotator Cuff Tendinitis Pitching Injuries
Rotator Cuff Tendinitis is a pitching injury that occurs closest to the shoulder in the arm. This area contains many muscles and tendons that help keep your arm from popping out of your shoulder. However, with age or extra tension (like pitching for years, improper technique, and lack of rest) these parts can become swollen or damaged. If you start feeling pain front and top of your shoulder, or the outer part of the upper arm – make a doctor’s appointment to get it looked at. Other symptoms could be loss of motion and/or strength, a clicking noise once the shoulder is raised over your head, or tenderness/swollen muscles in the front of your shoulder. Treatment involves an anti-inflammatory, rest, stretching and mixing cold and heat therapies. More severe cases will involved physical therapy, and even surgery – but this is less common.
Elbow Tendinitis Pitching Injuries
Elbow tendinitis is very similar to rotator cuff tendinitis, just found in the elbow instead. Another name used to refer to elbow tendinitis is Tennis Elbow. This injury is very common for pitchers who spend their time snapping balls at fast speeds. We go into this condition extensively in our other post; Tennis Elbow: Symptoms, Exercises, & Treatments.
Medial Elbow Ligament Disruption Pitching Injuries
The medial elbow ligament is located on the inside of the elbow, its is to provide stability to the joint. Injury occurs, not surprisingly with repetitive overuse – like throwing. Symptoms include tenderness and pain, on the inside of the elbow – see your doctor if you find these symptoms after a game. Treatments for MELD include rest and hot/cold therapies, and for more severe cases surgery.