Thursday, April 16, 2015

My right shoulder.

The first summer I played baseball was the year I was 7, turning 8 in the fall, so that would make it 1985. The summer of 2015 is coming up; if I'd played every single summer of my life, that would mean I'd have already played 30 summers.

If memory serves, I had one year in high school where I didn't play, and I think two of the summers in which I was at Waterloo were baseball-free; just before teaching (2000) was another, my first year in grad school ('04), and that's about it. Every other summer I've played either softball or baseball -- plus essentially year-round the past two years.

My shoulder hurts when I throw now.

It started last summer; when I would play catch before a game, I just couldn't get loose. My first few throws, my shoulder would feel tight, as per normal, but usually when you get things going, that goes away. But there were a few times where, despite warming up for 5-10 minutes -- normally plenty of time to get warmed up and feel good -- it just wouldn't comply.

Nowadays, it's unusual if my shoulder feels good as a game starts, rather than the other way around. It's a pain and tightness in the front of the joint that won't go away. For normal, everyday activities, I'm fine, so it's no big deal most of the time.

But, I gotta wonder if 30-ish years of a lot of throwing aren't taking their toll. I've always prided myself on having a pretty good throwing arm, but maybe there are only so many bullets in this gun.


  1. I think you should have your shoulder checked, just to be sure. There are a lot of potential reasons why it's acting up the way it does right now, but there is a strong possibility that there's an injury there that's been lingering for a long time now. So it might be 30 years of throwing on top of that injury taking a toll on you. These things can happen.

    Jacqueline Hodges @ Dr. Koziol

  2. Thanks for the comment. First off, nobody comments on (or, frankly, reads) this blog. Secondly, you represent a doctor in the US, so... does that mean you search the internet for blogs talking about various injuries? If so, either (a.) that's some dedicated work right there, or (b.) pretty sleazy, man. Either way, I'm amused.