Originally Posted by TNT
I realize there could be other contributing factors (that's why I said there could be other contributing factors) but my point was if those players that throw year round don't have a higher rate of shoulder injury then it would be helpful to figure out why that is. I haven't heard either way. I do believe that throwing often with a goal of teaching proper technique does not make an overuse injury unavoidable if the decelerators are being trained. I would go so far as to say that throwing often with that goal would make injury less likely.
In regards to pullups/chinups: That has been an emphasis for her (for the reasons already mentioned). Right now she typically does three sets of pulls per session. Each set consists of her doing two pulls and then I assist her on the concentric and she finishes each set with two controlled eccentrics. She's done 4 in a set before but can't always duplicate that and I don't want her going to failure every time she trains. She's 5'1" 105 so I believe her strength level is good for her age and size. One thing that I emphasize is not letting the shoulder capsule itself stretch while in the bottom of the hang. I believe that allowing the stretch here could negate some of what's gained in performing the movement.
Tug of war at the end of practice - that's a great idea. I'm not the head coach but I've kind of gotten the unofficial S&C label so maybe I can work this in with practice ending races. Thanks for the idea.