What All Rotational Athletes Must Be Capable Of

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Low back pain with golf or arm pain with throwing. At our performance physical therapy practice, we see this constantly. 

Swinging a golf club, throwing a baseball and hitting a tennis ball involve a great deal of rotation. Many areas of the body should be involved in these movements, however that is not always the case.

It is common to see baseball pitchers that are experiencing arm issues demonstrate the habit of trying to “arm” the ball as they throw it. There is not much contribution from the legs which places a great deal of stress on the arm and over time results in overuse injuries. 

Many golfers and tennis players experience lower back pain because they do not effectively link the power that they generate in the lower body through the trunk, into the upper body and ultimately to the head of the club. As a result they compensate elsewhere, placing increased stress onto the lower back.

The rotational row is a great drill to train the body to generate rotational power through the legs and connect it through the trunk. View this exercise here.

Once you have mastered the rotational row and learned how to link the power generated in the lower body to the trunk, we can now add in the upper body! The rotational lift trains the body to generate rotational power through the legs and connect it through the trunk and arms. Check this exercise out here.

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