A Self-Organization Model For Arm Pain Management (Part 2)
Yesterday I published a blog describing our innovative Self-Organization Model For Arm Pain Management.
Our Director of Player Development, Corey Stump has seen the value of the process first-hand. He came to us after two failed labrum repairs and a less-than-illustrious career at The University Of Florida. In the following discussion, he’ll tell you all about the success he experienced.
Hey ranch family, Corey Stump here. I think Randy is spot on with this topic of injuries and how we must let the body organize itself over time in order to create a new robust movement pattern that does not increase our risk for injury or pain. Let me start by saying our bodies are extremely adaptable, but also very cautious. To explain further, let me tell you my story.
After two significant Labrum repairs on my shoulder, and a shoulder capsule shrinking, I was told that my days of throwing at a competitive level are slim to none. I was told that my chances of pitching a t a high level again here less than 25%. About two years after my second surgery, and a year of working a sales job, I felt a burning fire inside. That fire was that I wanted to play again.
Not to prove the naysayers wrong, or because many of my friends are moving up the professional ranks- I wanted this for me.
So I called Randy and began my journey of playing baseball again. I went through the physical evaluation and saw my mobility was similar to an old man, and quickly realized that throwing a baseball was extremely painful. But, Randy had a plan. We went to the Level two pain module at FBR, which was our Durathro Training Sock. When I made throws into the sock, I still had pain. So, Randy looked at me and said, “Ok, well we need to find something for you to throw that doesn’t hurt.” We found a one pound Indian club, a two pound weighted ball, and a football and they all felt PAIN-FREE.
We found a way to train my body to throw without pain! I went through my entire corrective throwing drills with those three tools for the first three months of my process. After many days of throwing those three tools, my body adapted and created a new movement pattern that didn’t hurt. During month three, I started splashing in more and more baseballs- slowly weaning off of the Indian club, the two pound ball, and the football. And WALA! I was able to throw a baseball without pain!
With the help of Randy and FBR, I was able to fulfill my dream of playing again. At the ripe old age of 24, I was able to experience a great season at Southeastern University and secure my first collegiate win. But, this all wouldn’t of happened had we not let my body be the guide and let it organize itself.
So often we see guys come in with pain while throwing a baseball. When we show them the training sock, or our level three intervention (throw anything that doesn’t hurt) we are able to let the body adjust and organize a new pain-free movement pattern that translates over to a pain-free baseball throw.
If you are having arm pain, allowing us to help your body self-organize a solution could be the best decision of your career.
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We’ll see you at The Ranch!
Randy Sullivan, MPT, CSCS