Keeping a shoulder healthy is all about keeping the golf ball on the tee, no matter what position it’s in. Being really hypermobile means you have more “give” in your ligaments, which usually means less joint stability.
In other words, this hypermobility or joint “laxity” makes it more likely that the golf ball won’t sit correctly on the tee when you throw a baseball, increasing risk of injury.
Going back to Secret #1, it’s extremely important that pitchers get a comprehensive assessment before jumping into a pre-throwing or strength training routine. At the very least, complete the previously mentioned Beighton Hypermobility Score to get a better idea of if you’re on the loose or tight end of the spectrum.
Hypermobile overhead athletes should focus on joint stability exercises before they compete as opposed to static stretching. And nearly every overhead athlete should avoid stretches that place the shoulder in aggressive extension and external rotation at all costs.
Pitchers who throw hard are often hypermobile (very loose)
Hypermobility usually leads to joint instability
Stretching a hypermobile athlete can reduce joint stability even further, increasing risk of injury
Hypermobile athletes should focus on joint stability exercises before they throw, compete, or engage in overhead activity
How do you know if you're hypermobile? What are some great joint stability exercises that hypermobile pitchers and overhead athletes can complete before they engage in overhead activity? Check back in tomorrow for a few pointers!
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