With all the UCL issues cropping up, and since no one seems to really know why they occur, I have a question. What is the impact of Bench Press on the UCL. With the emphasis on weight lifting today, and as many programs use the bench as a primary lift, I wondered if that might be a small part of the issue.
"With all the UCL issues cropping up, and since no one seems to really know why they occur,...."
I know very little about weight lifting since I care very little about football and other sports that emphasize strength over skill. But the issue as it related to youth baseball is pretty much answered. Overuse compounding flawed technique.
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on May 16, 2014 12:25:50 GMT -6
Bench press can be problematic for the pitcher's shoulder. Specifically, it can lead to tears on the anterior (frontside) of the shoulder. It can also lead to imbalance of the pitcher's shoulder's frontside overpowering the shoulder's backside.
Post by rockinfire on Jul 27, 2014 18:21:00 GMT -6
I don't think there is any stress applied to the UCL during the bench press. It is said that you can function normally without a UCL if you are not throwing. Dr Fleisig is correct in his comments above that it is more stressful to the pitcher/thrower's shoulder.
The main muscle group involved in the bench press and push up motions don't have any significant contributions in the throwing motion. I have never treated a baseball pitcher with weak upper traps, pecs or biceps. Ever. And I've been treating throwers as an ATC/PT for more than 20 years. Almost every thrower I see has tight lower half, weak lower half, poor scapular mechanics and issues with balance and core strength.