Shoul­der­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity!

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A spe­cially de­signed pro­gramme is of crit­i­cal im­por­tance to help play­ers re­turn to ac­tion ef­fec­tively.

In­dian wick­et­keeper Wrid­dhi­man Saha’s in­jury has raised a lot of ques­tions. But as a pro­fes­sional sportsper­son, one has to move on and seek the best re­me­dial mea­sure to come out of the in­jury and re­turn to the squad with full fit­ness.

As far as Saha is con­cerned, he is a very fit player in all as­pects and a very ded­i­cated pro­fes­sional who al­ways looks out to push bound­aries. He is a silent war­rior about his fit­ness regime and his over­all fit­ness.

The recovery pro­to­cols need to be mon­i­tored pro­fes­sion­ally to get him back to the squad. The slap in­jury is be­lieved to take at least four to five months to heal and for the ath­lete to get into full fit­ness and range of move­ment. To get into this process there are many ex­er­cise pro­to­cols avail­able to get the shoul­der strength and sta­bil­ity back. Some of the ex­er­cises — to move in a pos­i­tive di­rec­tion with pro­fes­sional help — are listed be­low.

The player’s goals are very im­por­tant in achiev­ing what one hopes to achieve, which will also re­duce the mar­gin of er­ror in recovery. Since Saha is a top­class wick­et­keeper, he needs to work on the specif­i­cally de­signed pro­gramme for his goal. An in­di­vid­ual’s in­jury preven­tion and recovery pro­gramme has to vary ac­cord­ing to the skill set. For ex­am­ple, a fast bowler’s needs are to­tally dif­fer­ent from a wick­et­keeper’s needs in use of the shoul­der mus­cu­la­ture com­part­ment, the an­gles, the force gener­ ated and the force re­duc­tion. So a spe­cially de­signed pro­gramme is of crit­i­cal im­por­tance to help play­ers re­turn to ac­tion ef­fec­tively. The fol­low­ing guide­lines would help in un­der­stand­ing the needs.

Preven­tion vs recovery

Dif­fer­ent sets of ex­er­cise regimes may be re­quired for preven­tion and recovery of shoul­der in­juries. Some of the ex­er­cises are for preven­tion and some would be used for recovery, but there may be some cross­over ex­er­cise pat­terns. If one had al­ready un­der­gone a surgery, the pro­to­cols would be to­tally dif­fer­ent in the recovery phase.

The di­ag­no­sis

If one has ex­pe­ri­enced chronic and repet­i­tive shoul­der pain over a pe­riod of time or whether it is a new but very painful in­jury, your next step is to see a sports medicine doc­tor or phys­i­cal ther­a­pist im­me­di­ately. Es­pe­cially if you have al­ready tried some con­ser­va­tive treat­ments such as sports mas­sage, dry needling, ac­tive re­lease ther­apy etc.

Dif­fer­ent strokes for dif­fer­ent folks

The treat­ment and ex­er­cise pro­to­cols for a ro­ta­tor cuff strain, labrum tear, frozen shoul­der etc can be to­tally dif­fer­ent for each player’s unique anatomy, symp­toms, di­ag­no­sis, goals, time frame and skill set.


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