What Are the Dangers of Stretching the Shoulder Before Throwing a Baseball?

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The dangers of stretching the shoulder before throwing a baseball could include creating micro tears. Find out about the dangers of stretching the shoulder before throwing a baseball with help from an experienced fitness professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I’m Dr. Robert Pomahac, and the question is, “What are the dangers of stretching the shoulder before throwing a baseball? Two key things can happen if you’re really cold and you’re stretching the shoulder before you’re throwing a baseball: You could be tearing micro tears of the tendons and also the muscles. So, I’ll be showing you a combination of things you can do to prevent that, but also get your stretch in. As a doctor, a common injury that I see in my practice is shoulder injuries. The reason being is because, well, the shoulder has a lot of range of motion to it, and people are constantly using it. So, stretching before throwing a baseball can be detrimental to that motion and cause injuries. A couple things you might be incorporating is small micro tears in your tendons, and also your muscles. But, how do you avoid that? Come into those stretches by being a little bit warmed up – so, recreating the motion that where you’re throwing the baseball. It’s not really a stretch, but you’re doing a slow-motion motion in terms of how you throw that football. And then, while you’re doing the stretches, don’t go full-throttle. Do them a little bit at a time, increasing the amount of push and stretch you put on them. So, when you’re doing a shoulder push for example – a stretch right here – don’t go 100 percent, go 10, 15 percent until you feel like you’re warmed up and loosened up, and you’re warm. And then, go into a full stretch.

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