FREEHOLD, N.J., March 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Baseball season is upon us and Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute (AOSMI) is encouraging all amateur and professional players in the region to take precautions against injury. Injuries can be especially common in these first few weeks when athletes undertake rigorous preseason training programs with their bodies not yet be properly conditioned. AOSMI physicians and staff are committed to ensuring everyone gets in the game safe and injury-free this season.
Dr. Greller's advice "Baseball players are prone to a particular set of injuries, especially repetitive strain injuries," says the President of AOSMI, Michael J. Greller, MD, FAAOS. "It may be America's pastime, but we encourage all ballplayers to pace themselves and stick to a steady, progressive training regimen." Repetitive strain injuries are especially common in baseball players when they train using specific motions over and over in throwing or hitting drills. "Developing that kind of muscle memory is important for baseball players," Dr. Greller added, "But if not handled properly, the repetitive training can lead to inflammation and even tears in muscles and ligaments."
Repetitive strain injuries Rotator cuff tears are especially common in baseball players, especially among pitchers. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles clustered around the upper arm joining the shoulder. Repetitive strain from throwing or pitching practice can cause the muscle tendons to wear down and possibly tear. The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in the elbow is also prone to injury from pitching and throwing, as well as hitting. In less severe cases these injuries can be treated with noninvasive means, but surgery is often a necessary option. Other noteworthy injuries to be aware of are ACL and MCL ligament tears in the knee. In baseball these injuries most commonly occur from fielding and baserunning, where quick changes of direction on grass or infield sand can cause ligament tears also requiring corrective surgery.
The sports medicine professionals of New Jersey The Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute remains committed to helping baseball players and all athletes stay healthy and in top competitive condition. In addition to treating these types of injuries, AOSMI doctors and staff can also make training recommendations, offer body mechanics testing, and build exercise programs for athletes.
Learn more To learn more about how to avoid and treat baseball-related injuries AOSMI encourages athletes to review their Patient Education portal as well as the AOSMI blog. AOSMI also posts frequent updates for athletes and athletic staff on Facebook and Twitter.