Performance Physical Therapy and our parent company Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy want to wish Clinton Hollon good luck later this month as he leaves for Clearwater, FL. He will be rejoining his Blue Jays in Spring Training. Clinton has worked extremely hard over the last few months and hopefully his hard work pays off. His focus this off-season has not just been rehab - he was able to enjoy the birth of his beautiful boy Carter. Carter's mother, Heather, is a lefty, so Clinton secretly hopes for Carter's inner southpaw to shine as he grows!
Clinton's rehab has been steady from the beginning - big thanks to Dr. James Andrews and his surgical team. Clinton began throwing off the mound just recently, and with slow-motion video, he has taken this time to correct some issues with his form that will both decrease stress on his elbow and increase velocity of his fastball. He has corrected his position of his landing leg; hip and shoulder angles while in the balance position; and his timing between his upper and lower halves. We hope with all this work in both rehab and his throwing program, he has a successful year with the Blue Jays organization and can continue to work his way up to the big show.
The video above shows a 25 pitch bullpen off the mound - very helpful for us to have the ability to work on this while in the clinic. Ubersense is the app on the iPad we use for slow-motion video. Very helpful tool for anyone from baseball player, to golfer, tennis, or any other sport where form and function is very important. Our athletic trainer, Andrew Carlson, has even used it during basketball shooting drills.
Over the next few weeks there will continue to be posts regarding baseball and upper extremity injuries. We'll focus on prevention, injury rates, pre-season conditioning and items to focus on to stay healthy throughout the year.
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