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Throwing injuries

What is a throwing injury?

Throwing injuries are seen in the shoulder and elbow of athletes. They can include tendonitis to several structures, shoulder instability, bursitis, and ligament damage. These types of injuries are primarily seen in baseball, softball and football athletes, but they are also common in volleyball and water polo athletes. Proper mechanics and recovery time are crucial in reducing the risk of a throwing injury.

What causes a throwing injury?

  • Improper techniques
  • Repetition
  • Training errors – too much too fast
  • Muscle imbalance

What are some symptoms of a throwing injury?

  • Weakness
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Loss of control of or velocity to the throw
  • Constant discomfort
  • Swelling
  • Tender to touch at point of injury