Youth Shoulder Injuries: Part 1

by Dr. Nathan Hinkeldey on April 24, 2012


Youth Shoulder InjuryInjuries are something that can cost an athlete his or her career; however, few parents appreciate the importance of a preventative evaluation. Several patients have reported a great amount of missed time practicing and playing because of several non-contact injuries. Non-contact injuries are injuries that occur without direct contact and include overuse injuries, ankle sprains, and the majority of shoulder injuries. These injuries become surgical issues because alterations in joint mechanics and muscle tension result in overload and tearing of the shoulder joint structures.

This is important because the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine has found that less than 43 percent of shoulder surgical cases returned to the same or higher playing level (1).  Therefore, it is important to be able to identify the causes of these injuries prior to having to sit out or undergo surgery.  While this blog will address some exercises and stretches directly in the coming posts, a 30 – 60 minute evaluation can assist in identifying your son’s, daughter’s, or your own strengths and weaknesses. Team Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, your Johnston Chiropractor, would be glad to evaluate you or your child. Following this evaluation you will have the necessary information to decrease the likelihood of injury.

(1)    American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (2008, March 8). Comeback To A Pre-injury Level Disappointing For Professional Baseball Players.


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