Posts Tagged with "arm injuries"

  • Prehab: A Pitcher’s Mandatory Best Friend

    • written by Dan Blewett
    • October 20, 2009

    I was in the training room the other day watching the lacrosse players and soccer players and swimmers all getting treatment for their injuries.  I was in the training room doing my post-surgery rehab, which, as it turns out, was comprised mostly of the same exercises that I had been doing for the previous two…… More

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  • The Tommy John Surgery Experience Pt.6

    • written by Dan Blewett
    • October 2, 2009

    Probably the most difficult facet of the recovery process has been me, in my head, wondering if I have plateaued, and whether or not I will continue to improve in the coming months. I remember the first time I threw off the mound.  It was timed so that I started in Florida, during our spring…… More

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  • Stronger Shoulders: Replace Your YTWL with the LYTP Circuit

    • written by Dan Blewett
    • July 21, 2009

    You may have heard of the Y-T-W-L circuit, which develops scapular stability by strengthening the shoulders and upper back.  Scapular stability is of the utmost importance for overhead throwing athletes like pitchers.  Talk to someone with healthy shoulders, and they probably have been using the YTWL. Yet despite it’s popularity, the YTWL circuit is often…… More

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  • The Tommy John Surgery Experience Pt.4

    • written by Dan Blewett
    • June 22, 2009

    So at week 12 it was time to start throwing.  Because I was pain free and swelling free I was given the go-ahead. That first throw was pretty scary, but I knew I was ready for it, and it went fine.  It felt just like it used to. I started out at 30 feet, progressing…… More

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  • The Sleeper Stretch: Essential to Shoulder Health

    • written by Dan Blewett
    • June 7, 2009

    Pitchers are weird people, mostly because of the physical act of throwing.  The motion is so violent and powerful that it throws a pitcher’s body out of whack and causes major asymmetries in strength, size, flexibility and range of motion, bone structure, etc. One major adaptation of the pitcher is in shoulder range of motion…… More

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  • The Tommy John Surgery Experience Pt. 3

    • written by Dan Blewett
    • June 1, 2009

    Getting surgery sucks.  It is, however, usually the only option for someone who tears a tendon, ligament, or muscle while playing a sport and wants to play competitively again.  So it’s a situation where one needs to suck it up and take some solace in the fact that they are on the road back to…… More

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  • Pain, Soreness and Fatigue

    • written by Dan Blewett
    • May 16, 2009

    Everyone understands pain, soreness and fatigue on some level, because we’ve all had them.  Problem is, some people don’t quite know the difference between the three, and sometimes misrepresent the state of their bodies.  This is concerning because to continue exercising under certain conditions is dangerous, such as when pain or fatigue is present due…… More

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  • The Tommy John Surgery Experience Pt. 2

    • written by Dan Blewett
    • May 13, 2009

    For Today’s installment I want to discuss some of the non-protocol things I did to help my physical recovery.  But before I do, I have some words about MRIs…. …Standard MRIs are garbage.  When I felt my elbow go in the game, I was fairly sure that I was going to need surgery.  When I…… More

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