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Date: 11 Jan 2009 19:09:31
From: Mike
Subject: Service shoulder injury
I strained my should serving too fast. I did not follow through very
well, tried to decelerate too fast after hitting the ball, and now I'm
having a difficult time lifting my arm. At first I though I was
sleeping on my shoulder in the wrong way, but the pain has increased
over the weeks. What's the best way to rehabilitate the muscles and
strengthen it? Do shoulder support straps help? Thanks.





 
Date: 12 Jan 2009 08:37:32
From: Mike
Subject: Re: Service shoulder injury
On Jan 11, 11:42=A0pm, Richard Eich <richard.e...@domain.invalid > wrote:
> Lax.Cla...@gmail.com wrote...
> > On Jan 11, 10:09=A0pm, Mike <mj...@sirus.com> wrote:
> > > I strained my should serving too fast. I did not follow through very
> > > well, tried to decelerate too fast after hitting the ball, and now I'=
m
> > > having a difficult time lifting my arm. At first I though I was
> > > sleeping on my shoulder in the wrong way, but the pain has increased
> > > over the weeks. What's the best way to rehabilitate the muscles and
> > > strengthen it? =A0Do shoulder support straps help? Thanks.
>
> > You probably have a rotator cuff injury. =A0First step is to look this
> > up on the internet.
>
> > Initially you want to rest your should (this includes sleeping on
> > other side of your body).
>
> > Then you want to begin strengthening.
> >http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/healthy/physical/injurie...
>
> What he said. =A0And good luck to you. =A0I've had this pain for about
> five months now, with no indication that it's getting any better. =A0
> That's after two six-week periods of complete layoff and rehab
> exercises. =A0I've just started hitting again, but no serving yet and
> I've got to seriously warm up the shoulder before hitting backhands.
>
> Doc says it might be a small tendon tear. =A0Hope your situation works
> out better.
>
> --
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> - Show quoted text -

Thanks guys. I have a book on rotator cuff exercises. They show about
the same exercises as those shown in the link provided. My pain
usually goes away in a couple of days or a week. So I think I'll stop
serving overhand for a couple of weeks to see if it goes away. I have
a real fast first serve, over 100mph I'm sure. So when I pick it back
up, I'll have to remember to follow through all the way. This will be
hard since a long full follow through will catch me off guard when I
get a quick return. I'm thinking of trying to catch my serving arm
with my left hand in the follow through of my serve. At least that
should give me a pyschological trigger to not try to decelerate with
my serving arm, that's what's causing my problem.

I know what's going on. Only a few muscles are involved in eccentric
contractions of my shoulder muscle as I decelerate. These are the same
muscles used for quick acceleration. Slow heavy lifting is a
concentric contraction that involves more muscle fibers, but fast
acceleration or deceleration uses just a few of those muscle fibers.
So I wonder how I can strengthen those few acceleration muscle fibers
without causing more trouble with my arm. Is that what plyometic
exercise is all about? Any advice out there? Thanks.


 
Date: 11 Jan 2009 19:24:49
From: Lax
Subject: Re: Service shoulder injury
On Jan 11, 10:09=A0pm, Mike <mj...@sirus.com > wrote:
> I strained my should serving too fast. I did not follow through very
> well, tried to decelerate too fast after hitting the ball, and now I'm
> having a difficult time lifting my arm. At first I though I was
> sleeping on my shoulder in the wrong way, but the pain has increased
> over the weeks. What's the best way to rehabilitate the muscles and
> strengthen it? =A0Do shoulder support straps help? Thanks.

You probably have a rotator cuff injury. First step is to look this
up on the internet.

Initially you want to rest your should (this includes sleeping on
other side of your body).

Then you want to begin strengthening.
http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/healthy/physical/injuries/265.=
html



  
Date: 12 Jan 2009 04:42:52
From: Richard Eich
Subject: Re: Service shoulder injury
Lax.Clarke@gmail.com wrote...
> On Jan 11, 10:09=A0pm, Mike <mj...@sirus.com> wrote:
> > I strained my should serving too fast. I did not follow through very
> > well, tried to decelerate too fast after hitting the ball, and now I'm
> > having a difficult time lifting my arm. At first I though I was
> > sleeping on my shoulder in the wrong way, but the pain has increased
> > over the weeks. What's the best way to rehabilitate the muscles and
> > strengthen it? =A0Do shoulder support straps help? Thanks.
>=20
> You probably have a rotator cuff injury. First step is to look this
> up on the internet.
>=20
> Initially you want to rest your should (this includes sleeping on
> other side of your body).
>=20
> Then you want to begin strengthening.
> http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/healthy/physical/injuries/26=
5.html

What he said. And good luck to you. I've had this pain for about=20
five months now, with no indication that it's getting any better. =20
That's after two six-week periods of complete layoff and rehab=20
exercises. I've just started hitting again, but no serving yet and=20
I've got to seriously warm up the shoulder before hitting backhands.

Doc says it might be a small tendon tear. Hope your situation works=20
out better.

--=20
A fight starts when a man reaches the limits of his intelligence.