Important Baseball Stretches to Minimize Injury
During the game of baseball, players are susceptible to a wide range of injuries. Injuries while running may include acute injuries such as ligament and tendon tears, or injuries while pitching may include rotator cuff tendonitis or elbow tendonitis.
It’s essential to maintain a regular stretching program to help keep you limber on the field, correct muscular imbalances, and improve mental alertness to be less likely to injure yourself.
Incorporate these three baseball stretches into your pre-game training routine:
Cross-Body Stretch: Bring your arm across your body and use your other hand to hold your elbow. Now pull the arm gently across your chest. Hold for a few seconds and perform the movement with the other arm. This stretch improves posterior shoulder mobility.
Triceps Stretch: While holding one end of a towel in your hand, place your hand behind your head. Hold the other end of the towel that is hanging down behind your back with the other hand and gently pull on it so you feel a good stretch in your triceps. Hold for a few seconds, and then switch arms.
Lying Knee Roll Over Stretch: While lying on your back with your arms out to the sides, bend your knees and move them to one side, allowing your hips and lower spine to rotate during the movement. Hold the stretch for a couple of seconds and then let both knees roll over to the opposite side. This stretch helps improve hip and lower spine flexibility.
Incorporate these three stretches before your game to loosen up tight muscles and joints. You will often notice an improvement in your flexibility if you regularly perform these stretches and gradually add other stretches to your training program. Flexibility helps you take your game to the next level!
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