Whether you’re a coach, a trainer or a baseball player, you’ve dealt with arm pain and arm injuries.
Obviously, most arm injuries are associated with pitchers but arm injuries can and do occur with every position on the field.
Back in the day, player’s were told to spit on it and keep playing.
Today, surgery is much more common.
Is it because of baseball being played year-around?
Believe it or not, injuries can actually be prevented. The first place I would start is through assessing the athlete before I would blame it on the factors listed above.
Let’s assume that you waited a bit too long for an assessment or you just suffered a freak injury, it’s happened, so let’s just go ahead and deal with it.
How are we going to deal with it, you ask? Back in the day, there were primarily three ways. You could either spit on it, ice it til it’s numb or just tape it up and get back in there. And that’s exactly what we are going to do, I’m going to show you a very effective way to tape it up and get back in there, excited? You should be!
We use Kinesio Tape on our athletes for various reasons on all different parts of the body, including the:
- low back
When applied properly, the tape gives support and stability to the joints and muscles without affecting range of motion and circulation. This is one major difference between the Kinesio Tape and more conventional athletic tape, which is more restrictive.
It is obviously an advantage to an overhead athlete to have no restriction and full range of motion. We can also use the tape to effectively treat pain and reduce inflammation associated with different injuries.
The athlete in the video is a high-level pitcher. His history includes shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. We applied the tape prior to a bullpen session. There are several different applications depending on the individual and reason for taping; in this case it was performance enhancement.
Three strips of tape are used:
- The first being applied with downward compression over the A-C Joint.
- The second around the lateral aspect of the gleno-humeral joint with the tails over sub-clavicular area and lateral border of the scapula.
- The third strip over the supraspinatus.
Watch this short video and learn how you can do the same thing!
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