The other injury seen relatively commonly in volleyball players, as well as in other overhead athletes, is a tear of the superior labrum, called the SLAP tear. The labrum—the ring of cartilage attached to the rim of shoulder socket—functions primarily to increase stability of the shoulder, and serves as an attachment for the shoulder ligaments and the biceps tendon.
This type of tear occurs at the front of the upper arm where the biceps tendon connects to the shoulder. "Athletes most prone to this injury include baseball pitchers and volleyball players who engage in high-energy, quick-snap motions over the top of the shoulder," says Dr. Stephen Fealy, an orthopedic surgeon in the Sports Medicine Institute. Patients with SLAP tears may experience pain at the front of the shoulder near the biceps tendon.
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Repetitive Overload Shoulder Labral Tears — Overhead motions such hitting a volleyball put repetitive stresses on the labrum and glenohumeral joint. The area of most common repetitive overload injury is at the top (superior) aspect of the labrum, and the injury may be in both the front and back part of this area. This is where one of the two tendons from the biceps brachii muscle (long head) attaches to the labrum and rim of the glenoid bone.
This is a common type of labral tear in athletes participating in contact sports. The athlete falls on the shoulder, the shoulder dislocates and pushes the labrum off of the socket. In overhead athletes such as pitchers or volleyball players, the source of the labral tear is usually chronic repetitive stress.
The injury occurs when the superior labrum tears off the glenoid attachment. SLAP lesions place strain on the anterior band of the inferior glenohumeral ligament, which compromises shoulder...
This injury is the result of a shoulder dislocation or subluxation (partial dislocation). The labrum is torn off the socket as the ball comes out of joint. Sometimes the ligaments themselves can tear, but usually it is the labrum that tears with the ligaments attached.
Throwing After Labrum Surgery. Our American appetite for year-round sports has grown over the past 20 years and with that has come a new generation of young athletes suffering the consequences. In sports that require repeated overhand motion or throwing, a torn or partially torn labrum has become as detrimental and feared as a torn ACL in the knee. Tremendous pressure is placed today on these young athletes to push the boundaries of play, with the hope gaining a college scholarship, but are ...
In the FIVB Beach Volleyball Injury Study , 20% of the 115 players interviewed suffered time-loss injuries ranging from one day to more than three weeks. Simply put, a professional volleyball athlete who suffers a shoulder injury that causes them to miss training or competition can cost a team $548 to $11,550 or even higher for an athlete ...
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