Why Shoulder Injury Prevention Programs Are Failing

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I recently had the opportunity to write an article for Stack Magazine, which is an online resource for high-school athletes and coaches.

When I was originally contacted and asked if I’d be interested I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to write about.  Then it hit me:  Um, dude – you work with a crap ton of baseball players, why not start there?

Seemed like a logical course to take, and that’s exactly what I did.

Now understandably, not everyone who reads this site is interested in throwing a baseball 90 MPH and could probably care less about “arm care.”

Besides chicks dig the long ball, right?

But I’d venture a guess that even though this article is geared towards baseball players, there are some universal nuggets dealing with shoulder health that has a lot of applicability towards the general population as well – especially with regards to the “true” function of the rotator cuff (and how to train it) and how the anterior core enters the equation.

That said, I want to demonstrate to Stack Magazine that the TonyGentilcore.com entourage can reach P-Diddy levels.

I’d really love for everyone to check out the article, give any feedback (positive or negative; hopefully mostly positive), and if you feel so inclined, “Like” it and share it on Facebook and Twitter.


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  • Jason Grobe

    Tony, Loved the article. I'm a volleyball player, so I understand the necessity to keep the mobility and stability of the shoulder. The only thing I think the article lacked was some pictures or diagrams. I could see how some of your descriptions could be misunderstood. I understood them (I think) because I have seen you mention most of them before (along with videos). Great Stuff! I'm always looking for more ways to keep my volleyball career going (44 Sunday, and still playing Sand 4s against the college players!)

    May 7, 2013 at 10:41 am | Reply to this comment

  • CG

    Hey tony, figured I'd have this discussion here instead of on stack.com. In your article, you say "As an example, the force of each throw yields roughly 7200+ degrees of internal rotation (the equivalent of 20 full rotations!) in the shoulder." I'm not entirely sure what you mean here. You seem to be commuting force into degrees of rotation, and those aren't equivalent terms.

    May 7, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Brent Holm

    wouldn't the supraspinatus counteract the pull of the delt in the scenario of superior humeral head migration though? Its pretty funny watching people do rotator cuff drills in the gym. I think most people think it is a speed drill. HIIT for the rotator cuff anyone?

    May 7, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Reply to this comment

    • TonyGentilcore

      Not when someone is doing 100+ reps with atrocious form......;o)

      May 8, 2013 at 7:23 am | Reply to this comment

      • Brent Holm

        true that. So with the bench t-spine mobilization, do you cue your clients to brace their abs so they aren't compensating with their lumbar spine (imagine you have seen quite a bit of post. pelvic tilt and ant. tilt with these as they lay back? Would it make sense to put a ball between the legs and squeeze it to reflexively lock down the core, or am I just trying to sound smart here and this makes no sense?

        May 8, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Reply to this comment

        • TonyGentilcore

          Exactly. Cue brace, make sure they move through their hips and NOT the lumbar spine. I guess you could add a ball into the mix, but I think that's getting a bit foo-fooey.

          May 9, 2013 at 6:44 am | Reply to this comment

  • Tyler

    Tony, as far as ER exercise leading to impingement...is this if you perform the band work before throwing, or just from doing ER work at all? I can see if it is right after as the infra and teres would be fatigued and not pull inferiorly, but not sure I can see if time is given for them to recover.

    May 9, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Reply to this comment

  • reginag

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    July 16, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Reply to this comment

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