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December 4, 2009
Can you straighten your arm?
Because Sparta deals mostly with overhead athletes, baseball and volleyball players, as well as top quarterbacks and water polo athletes, we see many individuals who cannot even straighten their arms. This loss of motion is most likely from repetitive overhead movements that shorten the biceps and other flexors that are used to decelerate the arm. We really emphasize overhead lifting in our training (see Sparta Point 1/21/09), and these exercises allow an opportunity to focus on fully extend the elbow. By using the extensors (i.e. triceps) and relaxing the antagonist muscles (flexors such as the biceps), our athletes teach their arms how to maintain a full range of motion while also getting stronger. Of course, not everyone wants to be injury free and throw/hit the ball harder.
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December 4, 2009
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2 thoughts on “Can you straighten your arm?”

  1. I have this problem in my throwing arm. Throughout my college career and even now it is still a problem. It never seemed to cause any pain, but am i at an increased risk for injury? I have noticed that since doing more overhead lifts the difference between my right arm and my left arm has decreased, but there is still a noticeable difference.

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