Most Americans have played baseball or softball at some level, whether little league as kids, recreational leagues as adults or more competitive leagues, which is one reason for its designation as America's pastime. Although it is not a contact sport, baseball players are at risk of injuries. Some are due to overuse, while others happen after contact with another player, a bat or a fast-moving ball. Some of these injuries have a long recovery time, which advanced recovery performance can reduce.
Most Common Injuries for Baseball Players
According to a 2007 study, the most common injuries college-level baseball players experienced during a game were upper leg strains, followed closely by ankle and shoulder strains. Shoulder and ankle sprains occurred more often during practices. Certain positions, such as pitchers, have a greater risk of injury, especially that from overuse. A more recent study looking at professional MLB players found that pitchers were on the disabled players' list most often, with elbow injuries the leading cause.
Other conditions commonly associated with baseball players include:
Bursitis in the shoulder or elbow
Injury to the rotator cuff
Osteoarthritis, especially in the knee
MCL, ACL and/or PCL injury
Muscle sprains, pulls and/or tears, especially to the hamstring
Broken bones or fractures
ARP Speeds Recovery From Ankle and Elbow Injuries
Surgery and long rehab has traditionally been the treatment for these muscle and joint injuries. However, many baseball players at all levels are finding benefit through using accelerated recovery performance, or ARP. This patented system incorporates bioelectrical current to promote healing. The concept behind the device is that most sports injuries have neurological origins, so rather than focusing solely on the final point of the issue, it also works on the origins of the problem to enhance recovery.
It works well for:
Improving range of motion
Boosting circulation to the muscles
Preventing atrophy from not using the muscles while they are injured
The current is used in combination with targeted exercises to relax the muscles and speed up recovery time. The protocols also reduce inflammation, which improves pain and boosts healing. It also enhances flexibility and breaks down scar tissue, all of which prevent recurrence of the injury.