Friday, November 7, 2008

The Injury I See Most In Young Athletes

Low back pain/injuries---that's the injury I see most with young athletes. Other injuries related to the core are also a big problem with young athletes. And, there is no mystery as to why this is true. Its all related to training or lack thereof.

Even injuries that seem to be unrelated to the core, can originate with the core. For example, I have a friend who had a serious elbow and forearm injury.

The cause of the injury was out-of-line shoulder blades. This caused his throwing motion to be flawed and it lead to his elbow/foreman injury. After months of rehab, he is back to about 85% but still not ready to pitch again in the minor leagues.

Young athletes need careful monitoring to make sure they are doing the exercises correctly. Don't skip the core training! That's why I only do 1-on-1 training for all clients. Core strength exercises should be emphasized first and not the highly glamourized plyometric training.

Plyometrics should be introduced when the athlete has advanced to a level that allows she or he to handle this high level of training. I have seen more than one athlete with injuries because of inadequate core strength.

Foundational stability strength is critical for young athletes!

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