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Preventing arm injuries

Posted at: 03/19/2013 5:14 PM
Updated at: 03/19/2013 6:00 PM
By: Robin De Wind

It may not look like it outside, but spring is almost here and that means kids will be getting ready for spring sports like baseball.

In sports, the idea of more is better has encouraged more kids to specialize and play one sport year round, but that's leading to more over use injuries.

Jay Shiner is the former Baltimore Orioles strength and conditioning coach. He has opened up Powercore Athletics in Webster, helping young athletes learn how to maintain their bodies so they can play longer, injury free.  

This weekend, Shiner and the Rochester Collegiate Baseball League is holding a free clinic at MCC for baseball and softball players, hoping to reduce the growing number of elbow and shoulder injuries due to overuse.

Michael Burns is a junior at RIT. He says learning proper mechanics and not training year round has kept him in the game longer. The free clinic features local medical experts and gives advice for kids, parents and coaches about how to properly train, year round.

Jay Shiner, Powercore Athletics, said, “There is this old school thought that you have to play all year to play better but there needs to be a designated off season, a period where they don't pick up a ball and shut down and maybe do aquatics, or just a class something that's not as intense and heal.”

Michael Burns, RIT junior, said, “Sometimes you want to get out there, but with Jay, you stick to your day after pitching protocols and you go through the program. A lot of people wouldn't have gotten hurt and I wouldn't have seen careers end due to injuries.”

Preventing Arm Injuries in Baseball is a free arm care seminar offered by the Rochester Collegiate Baseball League. It is Saturday March 23 from 9:00a.m.-noon at Monroe Community College. Registration is preferred.  For more information, click here. For more information on Powercore Athletics, click here.

Shiner says many kids are starting their sport so young that elbow and shoulder injures commonly seen in young adults are now showing up in high school kids. He says prevention and proper training is the key.