Even as a non contact sport baseball can cause devastating injuries. Major league baseball games last around three hours. Pitchers throw the ball at alarming speeds. These repetitive throws cause a large amount of strain on their shoulder muscles, leading to an injury.
Muscles that undergo constant strenuous activity are prone to injury. Players need physical therapy to help prevent risk of injury during game season. Careers are destroyed swiftly on the baseball field due to accidents. This is how physical therapy can help baseball players avoid injury on the pitch.
Pitchers who throw the ball at speeds of 150 km/h have a tough time on the field. The challenge is not throwing the ball once but doing it repeatedly. This puts an incredible amount of strain on the shoulders. Indications of injury are clear when the pitcher complains of swelling of muscles, snapping sounds made by the turning of joints, inflammation or redness in the shoulder region, and tenderness or pain in the shoulders when moved.
Physical therapy aims at preventing injury, facilitating speedy recovery, and strengthening muscles. The physiotherapist schedules a training regimen for the player. This includes muscle strengthening exercises, especially for the shoulders, mobility and agility training, the use of proper form while pitching, and modalities to facilitate healing. Kinesio tapes can also be applied to reduce swelling of the shoulder muscles and promote healing. Additionally, the physiotherapist can assist the player prepare his practice schedule to ensure he gives significant time for rest and recovery.
A good base runner needs to work on his technique. Sliding improperly can result in ankle sprains. Muscle pulls are the most common form of leg injury in baseball. The knee is also susceptible to injury while running from base to base. Lactic acid accumulated in the knee joints because of fatigue, causes friction in the joints. This condition if left unattended can sooner or later result in permanent damage.
The physiotherapist will include stretching exercises in the training regimen to prevent muscle pulls in the game. Joint strengthening exercises help prevent injury to the knee. Relief can be provided by following the Rest Ice Compression and Elevation (RICE) procedures. Rest to allow the muscles to heal after practice, ice for pain control. Compression and elevation are a set of procedures to reduce swelling in the knee. Modalities such as heat and cold can be applied alternatively to reduce swelling. Electrical stimulation of the knee region can improve joint strength. Endurance training helps the knee regain mobility in case of stiffness. Kinesio taping can help drain lactic acid via the lymph system.
In home physical therapy, provides athletic therapy in Edmonton. Professional physiotherapists monitor the athlete’s physical condition and constantly improvise the training regimen. Injury specific rehabilitation programs, allow the athlete to regain their peak performance condition. Their services can be carried out in the patient’s home.
Physiotherapy in general involves exercising and manipulating the body. Whether you suffer from any physical disorder, injury, or you simply wish to improve your physical health, physiotherapy is the only solution. It can help improve joint and muscle function, which directly helps improving coordination, muscle-strength, posture, range-of-motion, and overall fitness.
Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is a movement (motor) skill disorder. It isn’t related to physical disorders such as cerebral palsy, or to any intelligence disorders. DCD usually affects school-going children. Children with DCD have poor coordination skills below the expected levels in regards to their age and intellect, and these movement problems significantly interfere in their overall schooling performance and everyday activities. DCD affects areas of the brain that help in learning or ‘remembering’ basic things which involve movement. Each motor task may seem new to the child, regardless of how many times it is repeated.
Signs and Symptoms of DCD:
Only parents can initially identify signs and symptoms of DCD in their child. However, signs and symptoms of DCD may not become apparent until the child reaches school age. It is only possible to identify when the child does not play during recess or takes too long to complete schoolwork. Children with DCD are unable to skip, run, jump, or hop on one foot. They take too long to get dressed, cannot write well or use other hand-held objects properly such as scissors, and are unable to throw or catch a ball accurately. They may express feelings of low self-esteem and show lack of interest in playing with other children.
How does Physiotherapy Help?
Physiotherapy can help in many ways by improving:
Muscle strength: When a muscle is weak, movement against gravity alone is strenuous. Professional physiotherapists exactly know which areas of the body needs to be worked out in order to improve the muscle strength of a particular body part. There are many forms of exercise that help increase muscle strength of different areas of the body. As muscle strength increases, resistance is gradually increased by using stretching bands or weights. In this way, muscle size and strength increases improving the overall endurance.
Coordination and Balance: Physiotherapists perform specific tests to determine the strength of motor development by asking you to walk on a straight line, or a balance beam. Various coordination and balance exercises can help people do specific tasks. The exercises involve repeating a meaningful movement that works more than one joint and muscle, such as picking up an object or touching a body part.
Ambulation (walking): Walking independently with appropriate coordination of all the limbs may be the goal of rehabilitation. Physiotherapist will first check if the person is able to balance properly while standing. To improve balance, you need to improve a joint’s range of motion or muscle strength before starting ambulation exercises.
A combination of range-of-motion, muscle-strengthening and ambulation exercises is used to counter the effects of poor body coordination. Our professional physiotherapists in Edmonton would make you perform general conditioning exercises which help improve cardiovascular fitness (ability of the heart, lungs, and blood vessels to deliver oxygen to working muscles), as well as maintain or improve flexibility and muscle strength. So, if you’ve been experiencing dizziness, weakness, poor body coordination or difficulty balancing yourself while standing or walking, contact our physiotherapists today! They will outline specific plans to help you recover as swiftly as possible.