The article actually found that in the asymptomatic right-handed pitchers, there was a significant difference in the thickness of the supraspinatus tendon, the dominant arm tendon being thicker. No such difference was found in left-handed pitchers. This could be a significant finding in realizing the misdiagnosis that could occur by simply using tendon thickness as the basis for identifying a pathology. One of the limiting factors of the study was the fact that it was simply a cross-sectional observational study of 12 pitchers. With the low participant rate, it is unknown how much the results of this study can be applied to a larger population, but it will hopefully lead to further investigation into the area. While the study does not establish any significant tendon thickness norms (due to the small sample size and study design), it brought the potential of misdiagnosis into the focus for further consideration.
Disclaimer: BS opinion- Strength and Conditioning principles is an area that physical therapists are lacking in knowledge. Too often physical therapists give general dosages of the typical "3x10" for exercises. Especially in the rehabilitation of athletes, the understanding of strength and conditioning principles and how to implement them into the rehab program is vital yet rarely seen. This article, written by Michael Reiman and Daniel Lorenz sought to provide the current evidence on supporting the implementation of training principles in the rehabilitation program as well as give suggestions of how to implement these principles into athletic rehabilitation. The article will give you a basic structure and suggestions on how to create a rehabilitation program using strength and conditioning principles as well as ways to progress the athlete to return to training/play and weight room. With the lacking evidence on how to implement strength and conditioning principles into a rehabilitation program, this article is a must for the therapist who wants to open his/her mind to unconventional, sport specific rehabilitation for the injured athlete.
Functional Movement Screen (FMS) has been a hot topic for some time now. Many use FMS to screen their athletes to find functional deficits and movement impairments. There have been studies, both refuting and in favor of, the correlation between injuries and FMS scores. However, there haven't been many studies between FMS and the correlation to athletic performance. This study, published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning, evaluated and compared the relationship between FMS and the standard 1RM to athletic performance. Although a small sample size (25 college golfers), this study begins to serve as one way to determine the effectiveness of FMS as a performance indicator.