Jay Maccarella, PT, MSPT, is an avid sports enthusiast, and particularly enjoys helping injured athletes.
Jay Maccarella Offers Spring Sports Injury Prevention Advice
Baseball, lacrosse, golf or tennis, spring sports are in full gear. To avoid injuries and enjoy your sport, here is advice from Jay Maccarella, MSPT, PT.
How can I prevent injury as I begin my spring sports and activities?
It is important to remember not to jump right into your spring activities. Give your body time to warm up – start your activity with a light walk or jog depending on your fitness level. Short duration static and dynamic stretching and mobility drills are also very good ways to prepare for activity. They increase your heart rate and warm your tissue which makes them pliable and ready for action.
Be reasonable about the length of time you participate in your activity – even for non-sport activities such as gardening and mulching. You never want to do too much too soon.
What are common injuries associated with spring sports?
Baseball/Softball – In baseball you tend to see a lot of shoulder (rotator cuff) and elbow injuries due to the repetitive throwing motion. However, all types of injuries can happen, including hamstring strains, hip injuries or trauma from a slide or being hit by the ball.
Golf/Tennis – Players can easily hurt their backs in golf because the swing is complex motion and requires a lot of rotary mobility at higher speeds. The repetitive swing motion also causes a significant amount of microtrauma injuries at the elbow. We call such injuries golfer’s or tennis elbow.
Lacrosse – We see a variety of injuries including concussions due to stick to head impact. We also see ankle and knee sprains due to the quick cuts that players make, and ACL tears.
Free Functional Movement Screen
One excellent step in preventing injuries is a Functional Movement Screen (FMS).
We invite athletes to visit Bacharach’s Marlton location for a Free Functional Movement Screen. The screen checks athletes for muscle asymmetry and imbalances that can make athletes more susceptible to injury.
We put athletes through seven different exercises. If any imbalances or muscle symmetries are identified, athletes are given corrective exercises to perform.
For more information or to set up an appointment, contact Jay Maccarella at 856-334-5177.