I just finished up my first year of college baseball, and I’m experiencing some pain in my shoulder. It all started on the first day of practice in the fall when my coach noticed that I was throwing from the 3/4 arm slot in the bullpen. He stepped in after one pitch and told me that, being close to 6’5", I should be throwing over the top. It made since to me so I tried it.
Two weeks later, my shoulder was killing me. I went to a sports therapist who told me that my bicep tendons had slipped out of place. He put them back into place quickly and told me not to throw for a couple of days. The first day back my shoulder felt great, but within a week I was back to where I started. This cycle continued throughout the fall. I also noticed my velocity drop. I came in at 87-88, but had dropped to 82-84. I just wasn’t as sharp. I talked to my coach, but he just told me that my shoulder would get used to it. I couldn’t believe he said that, especially since he was a big league pitcher at one point.
Now I’m at home after a tough and painful season. I want to get back out and strengthen my arm. Is there anything I can do to help prevent this injury from happening again and return my arm strength (stretching, resistence tubing, returning to 3/4, etc.)?