Shoulder & Elbow Injuries


The repeated motion of throwing a ball in sports like baseball, softball, and football can really take a toll on an athlete’s shoulder and/or elbow. 

Below are just a few of the common types of injuries that can occur while playing sports:

Elbow injuries

Little league elbow

Little league elbow is a common term used to describe damage around the growth plate of the elbow in children ranging from 10 to 14. This injury generally occurs from repetitive throwing motion and general over-use.

The reason the elbow of adolescents is more vulnerable is because growing bones are more easily injured due to the growth plate being much weaker than the ligaments and muscles that attach to it.

Check out this video for how to recover from little league elbow

Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) tear

The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) is located on the inside of the elbow and is attached on one side to the bone of the upper arm and on the other side to the bone in the forearm. The UCL is vital to an elbow’s stability, but is also vulnerable to injury from repeated to use.

The UCL is most often injured by repeated stress caused by overhead movement such as throwing a baseball or softball.  Generally this type of injury can start of as a sprain but if it is not rested eventually, the UCL can tear preventing athletes from throwing with significant speed.

However, not only athletes can suffer from a UCL injury. Direct trauma such as with a fall, car accident, or work injury can also cause an UCL tear. Also activities that requires repetitive overhead motion of the arm such as tennis, pitching sports, fencing, and painting.can cause UCL injuries.

Shoulder injuries

Shoulder Joint Tear (Shoulder Labrum Tear)

A shoulder tear is an injury to the soft tissues that give the joint range of motion and stability. A tear can range from a partial tear to the complete severing of a tendon, muscle, or the labrum completely. It is vital to note that over time – and without proper care – small tears in a tendon can lead to a bigger tear.

Shoulder tears can be caused by repeated use or by sudden injury. Years of repetitive arm motions performed during sports that require repetitive motions, such as baseball, tennis, and weightlifting, may experience a shoulder tear. 

rotator cuff tear

A rotator cuff tear occurs in any of the muscles and tendons that connect your upper arm to your shoulder blade. The four rotator cuff muscles help your shoulder to rotate while the four tendons work with the muscles to stabilize the shoulder and allow you to lift and move your arm in many directions.

A rotator cuff tear is a common injury among adults. A torn rotator cuff will weaken your shoulder which can make not just sports, but many daily activities painful and difficult to do.


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