Junior tennis player back on court after shoulder injury

Junior tennis player returns to court after shoulder injury

Jojo Sandoz is a competitive, high school tennis player at Jesuit High School. One day while practicing his serves at practice, Jojo’s arm began hurting. When he finished out his basket of serves, Jojo began experiencing extreme levels of pain in his shoulder.

Jojo rested and iced his shoulder for a few days, but the pain did not subside.

Jojo said, “I couldn’t extend my arm without feeling terrible pain. It was even affecting my everyday activities.  When I would write, I would experience radiating pain in my shoulder.  I knew I had to do something.”

He decided to go to Baudry Therapy Center | BRIO for a physical therapy evaluation.

“The physical therapists at Baudry | BRIO performed dry needling and taught me exercises to do at home.  They also showed me how to warm up properly before playing tennis, which actually helped me hit the ball better than I did before,” said Jojo Sandoz.

“Jojo came to physical therapy with a great mindset.  His willingness to learn and take ownership is why he was so successful with his rehab.  I have no doubt he will continue to be successful on the tennis court and beyond.” said Kevin Dessauer.

Jojo said, “My experience at Baudry Therapy Center | BRIO was fun. I always enjoyed going to physical therapy. Everyone was so nice and just plain fun to be around.”

If you are someone you know has been injured playing sports, don’t settle for playing with pain. BRIO’s Return to Sport program can help! Our physical therapists utilize several reliable tools to measure ability and clearly identify when an athlete is ready to initiate a safe return to sport. READ MORE


Keep Your Shoulders Strong With These 3 Exercises

Shoulders are incredibly mobile joints. And as such they are capable of amazing things like throwing a baseball, rowing a boat, and even lifting a child in the air. But with the mobility comes the vulnerability to pain and injury.

To work properly shoulders must stay strong. To keep them strong and healthy try these 3 great shoulder exercises:

Attach your tubing to a secure structure between waist and shoulder height. Start by standing tall in a staggered stance position. Hold both handles of the sportscord. Make sure to pinch your shoulder blades together and hold your stomach in for better form.

Exercise #1

1) While keeping your arms straight, pull both of your arms out to your sides, to form the letter “T” with your body.

Exercise #2

2) The next exercise is a “Y”. With the arms straight, pull the cords up and out to form the letter “Y” with your body.

Exercise #3

3) The third exercise is a “I”.  With the same stance pull both arms back and down by your sides to form the letter “I” with your body.

Repeat each exercise for 10-15 repetitions focusing on your posture, and slow controlled motion. You might start with 1-2 sets and 2-3 times per week.

There should be no pain with any of these exercises. If there is pain, you should stop the exercise. This is an indication that the resistance is too strong, your technique is bad or you have a shoulder problem and you should come in for a physical therapy consultation to find out more specifically what would help your shoulders.

For more information on shoulder exercises, please contact our office.