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SLAP Tear - Stretch Your Shoulder to Avoid this Painful Shoulder Injury

Posted Sep 22 2008 10:36am

What is a SLAP Tear?

Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior Tear

Gray328 - labrum

A SLAP Tear is a shoulder injury that often occurs because of repetitive overhead motion – a major contributor being the overhand throwing motion.

Specifically there is a separating of the labrum (the ring of cartilage that circles the shoulder socket and serves to deepen it – in the image above, it is labeled “Glenoid Lig.”) from the glenoid (shoulder socket – labeled “Glen. Fossa” in the image above) in front of and behind the point where the biceps tendon attaches to the the labrum.

How a SLAP Tear Affects Your Pitcher

Here is a very good video by Dr. Charles Metzger explaining what a SLAP tear is, how and why it affects the throwing athlete, how to test your shoulder and what you or your pitcher can do to avoid this shoulder injury.


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