LEXINGTON, Ky., Feb. 29 Bringing with them significantexpertise in the diagnosis and treatment of GIRD (Glenohumeral InternalRotation Deficit) in the arms and shoulders of baseball pitchers, twoLexington, Kentucky-based sports-medicine experts have been invited to attendthe Houston Astros' spring training camp in Kissimmee, Florida in mid-March.
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Both Dr. W. Ben Kibler, Medical Director, and Aaron Sciascia, a StaffCertified Athletic Trainer for the Lexington (Kentucky) Clinic Sports MedicineCenter will be working with the Astros' medical staff on decreasing thenegative effects that GIRD can have on the arms and shoulders of baseballpitchers when they are throwing overhead. Dr. Kibler explained, "When apitcher repeatedly throws a baseball overhead, the muscles and tendons tightenup in the shoulder and in the back of the arm, causing the amount of rotationthat can be achieved to be decreased. This lack of rotation places unnecessaryload and stress on the surrounding tissues of the shoulder which, in manycases, lead to injury." While they are on location at the Astros' camp, Dr.Kibler and Sciascia will work with the team's medical staff on how to measurefor the internal rotation deficit and on laying the necessary foundations toperform a cooperative study with the Astros' pitching staff, where GIRD willbe examined throughout the season.
How did the Lexington Clinic duo end up in Florida? According to Dr.Kibler, "We've been the team physicians for the Legends organization sincetheir first season in the Bluegrass -- back in 2001. It is an excitingpartnership and one we all really enjoy! The Astros' regularly invite doctorsfor their minor league teams to their spring training session. Additionally,they are interested in participating in our GIRD study, which has alsoincluded high school and college pitchers."
Alan Stein, CEO of the Lexington Legends, noted, "One of the first thingswe learned in our relationship with the Astros and Major League Baseball washow seriously they took the players' health and treatment. We were required tofind local doctors of the highest and best reputation to work with the Astros'medical staff. In Lexington, Kentucky, that was easy because we had nationallyheralded Dr. Ben Kibler and his team right here in our own backyard. TheAstros were thrilled!"
SOURCE Lexington Clinic