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Swing into Spring: Play Ball this Season

In Health, Sports on 04/06/2011 at 1:18 pm

Curse you Punxsutawney Phil… We trusted you, we believed in you, you gave us hope, and you made us dream, only to so cruelly snatch it all away. You said you didn’t see your shadow, and that Spring would start early this year. But it was there, wasn’t it? It was always there! And now us city dwellers must suffer through more snow… in APRIL! Now we all feel like fools for believing in you.

Okay. So, maybe that was a little dramatic… But, I think we’re all ready to retire our scarves and overcoats and break our Spring gear. The good news is regardless of the weather, baseball season is finally here! Whether you’re sporting pinstripes or bleeding orange and blue, baseball is America’s favorite past time and it signals that good weather is soon to come…. slowly. (Darn you again, Phil)

Sometimes though, our idea of baseball season involves a couch, our TV, MLB league pass, and a computer to check fantasy team stats. And while those things are great, our goal is to help you get up, get outside and stay active. 

MaxWell Medical’s Doctor of Physical Therapy, Olayinka (Yinka) Aksiyanka recommends two simple exercises guaranteed to help strengthen your throwing arm and stabilize the important muscle groups that contribute to hitting that curve ball.

D1 Flexion

  1. Standing up straight hold a moderately light weight in your left hand, with your arm draped across your body and holding the weight next to your right hip.
  2. Maintaining as straight an arm as you can, pull your arm and the weight up and over your head, and above your left shoulder.
  3. Return slowly to the starting position and repeat, maintaining good control and form.
  4. Repeat with the right arm
  5. Do 8-10 reps for 2-3 sets for each arm.

D2 Flexion

  1. Standing up straight hold a moderately light weight in your left hand, with your arm parallel to your body and hanging at your side by your left hip.
  2. Maintaining as straight an arm as you can, pull your arm and the weight up diagonally over your head, and above your right shoulder.
  3. Return slowly to the starting position and repeat, maintaining good control and form.
  4. Repeat with the right arm
  5. Do 8-10 reps for 2-3 sets for each arm.

In the spirit of keeping you active, here are some links to some batting cages and baseball training facilities in NYC.

http://www.randallsislandgolf.com 

www.thebaseballcenter.com – Manhattan

www.coneyislandbattingrange.com – Brooklyn

www.sigokarts.com – Staten Island

www.thecagenyc.com – Queens

And if you’re having trouble finding enough people to play an actual game, http://www.meetup.com is a great website to create or join existing teams.

Impress your friends in your next pickup softball game, as you throw out the runner, charging towards first, and then crush a line drive over the fence. Or at the very least, impress your son with your signature fast ball this weekend. Enjoy the coming season, both in baseball, and in springtime! And forget Punxsutawny Phil! We at MaxWell Medical want you to PLAY BALL!

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