Bad Shoulder – Baseball Injury
Playing baseball for years and years on end can lead to some pretty nasty injuries. Bill or Billy as he likes to be called, played this game all his life. Unfortunately, once he got the ripe old age of 18 his shoulder was completely gone. The exact injury will be discussed further in the article as well as how he got his start. Come along.
Growing up in Southern California, his Dad first introduced him to the game when he was kid. Trying to be like his favorite player, Roger Clemens, he wanted to be a pitcher. If you aren’t familiar with the baseball game or are from Europe, here is the idea. The pitcher throws the ball as hard as he can across the plate. The batter tries his hardest to connect with the ball and send it on it’s way.
Types of Pitches
Billy loves watching and playing baseball but knew there would be a chance of injury. All athletes knows this. He first started out learning how to throw the most basic pitch, the fast ball. This is the main staple in any baseball players bag of tricks. You take the ball and with two fingers on the top – flick the wrist forward.
The second pitch could be the reason his bad shoulder came to be. The dreaded curve ball. The curve ball is when the ball looks like it’s coming right and at the last minute moves. It’s not a fast pitch, but a tricky pitch to throw and hit.
Kids should never learn how to throw this pitch until they are strong enough and have the right instruction. This was not billy’s case.
How it happened
Trying to watch Roger Clemens throw a fastball is something anyone can pick up. However if you want to learn how to throw a curve ball, go to a teacher. This teacher will show you the correct mechanics and the correct form. Your arm needs to be strong and loose to allow for the funky motion.
His arm was neither at the time and he was doing it all wrong. This went on for years until he got to his senior year in high school. He was pitching in the backyard with his dad and something happened. His arm went completely numb and couldn’t grip the ball with any force. There was something wrong.
Man, the pain was unbearable moving forward and there needed something to be done to fix it. It was no longer about baseball, it was about living a normal adult life picking up objects. So the doctor was a big help in isolating the rotator cuff injury. This had been an abuse of power on his ligaments and eventually his head.
After the extensive work with the doctor and exercises, it started getting better. Imagine that! He could no longer throw the ball 100mph, but he was able to bend his arm to pick up a spoon and eat without discomfort. Baby steps here and there.
The biggest change of all was his happiness was back. He did enjoy baseball again from a new position, the stand.