How many of you prescribe the sleeper stretch to your athletes? Particularly pitchers? In this article by Mike Reinold, he discusses the whys and hows behind stretches before throwing. With his unique expertise in treating baseball players, his suggestions are backed by research and experience.
In this article you will find why Mike doesn't use the sleeper stretch or mobilize the posterior capsule. Additionally you will be shown two alternatives to the sleeper stretch to stretch before throwing. One is a stretch while the other is more of a self myofascial release technique. Try them out yourself and decide if they can be useful for your patients/athletes. If you do use the sleeper stretch, do you find it effective? Why or why not?
Tendinopathy is a condition that is showing up more and more in athletics. Widely debated with the exact causes behind tendiopathy, the fact remains that we will continue to see it in the clinic. In this post, the running-physio breaks down the symptoms, differential dx, management, and multiple causes of this condition. It is a very thorough article and many of the schools of thought behind treatment of tendinopathy, such as the Alfredson protocol, are discussed.
The nice thing about this post is that the author goes through everything from types of management to load parameters and the why's to certain types of treatments and causes. Check out this article for more informative overview of tendinopathy, specifically Achilles Tendinopathy.
This week's sports post comes from Charlie Weingroff. He discusses some of the differences between the Y-balance test and the Star Excursion test. For those of you unfamiliar with these tests, the main difference is that the Y-balance test is basically a shorter version of the Star Excursion test. In this article, you will see the the evidence pertaining to the reliability of each of the tests, as well as the primary differences between the two.
The article talks about how some of the tests like the FMS, Y-balance, and single hop can be used together or alone for accurate predictions. He also makes an excellent point here:
"When we use things like the Y-Balance or Star Excursion or even the FMS, these examinations are of fundamental human movement competencies. Whether they predict injury risk or merely set a standard, the lens that they look through is human, not athletic. These predictions are also very consistent across multiple practitioners."
We must continue to stay current with the reliability and importance of these screens for those of us involved in treating a sports population.