Use of a foam roll to AVOID losing power in your ***** and throw! - Thanks Doc!
Now that we have started to build a solid foundation through the core, another extremely important factor with baseball players is thoracic (mid/upper back) mobility. Most people are limited with extension and rotation in one direction more than the other. Whether you’re an athlete or not, thoracic mobility is a big issue with most people because it is so natural for us to slouch forward. The unfortunate thing is that most of our younger generation spends so much of their time studying (so we hope!) or… playing video games. For *****s it’s the desk jobs that are so prevalent. This is important because our current lifestyles predispose us to injuries, so we need to start unwinding what builds up through each day. If the thoracic spine isn’t functioning with optimum mobility in extension and rotation something else is going to have to pick up the slack – likely the shoulders and/or neck because they rest on the thoracic cage. Not only will you lose power through your ***** and throw because of having a reduced distance to create ****, but more importantly, you will be increasing your risk for shoulder injuries or mid-upper back and neck pain. The ***essment and mobility drill for thoracic rotation and extension are one and the same. Although there are a host of mobility drills for the thoracic spine and a few more tests to really isolate what tissues are the limiting factors, for simplicity we’ll let the test also be the correction in this case. This will start you off in the right direction. Parents as you can see this isn’t just a risk for your athletes, so if you are starting to get that ache through the upper back and neck jump in and do these with your athlete!