Faced with increased competition and the ever-promising allure of college scholarships, high school athletes are working harder – and longer – than ever.
Take a high school baseball pitcher, for example. The winter brings with it rigorous training, whereas the season begins in the early springs and generally lasts until June. During this period, a pitcher – whose arm is, for all intents and purposes, still developing – may pitch upwards to 80 pitchers per game, frequently hitting 70-80 miles an hour on the radar gun.
And for many of these athletes, summer brings no relief. With school out, many players opt to play in smaller leagues, like the American Legion. Additional playing time means additional honing of one’s pitching skills, additional exposure to scouts, and unfortunately, a heightened risk of injury or arm fatigue.
As practitioners of advanced physical therapy in Downers Grove, we help high school athletes, regardless of their sport, get back on the field safely, while also building regimens to help reduce the risk of future injury.