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1. Rotator Cuff Tears
The rotator cuff tear and tendinitis are one of the most common injuries seen in throwing athletes. It usually occurs due to frequent irritation of the tendon resulting in tendinitis. They often begin by fraying gradually progress to full thickness tear. A supraspinatus tear is the most common form of rotator cuff tear.
2. SLAP Tears
3. Impingement Syndrome
This is one of the common pathologies causing shoulder pain. It occurs as a result of compression of the rotator cuff muscles by acromion, coracoacromial ligament and acromioclavicular joint. Repeated compression of cuff and bursa which leads to inflammation and bursitis is the primary cause of pain.
Internal impingement of the shoulder is a common injury that occurs when the rotator cuff muscles, on top of your shoulder, become swollen and irritated. This can happen when you raise your arm and bend it at the elbow. The bursa sac (a fluid-filled sack) between your rotator cuff and acromion bone rubs back and forth against each other. This friction can cause pain as well as a tear or irritation of the rotator cuff muscles.
4. Bicep Tendon Tears and Tendinitis
Like Rotator cuff tears and SLAP tears, Biceps tendinitis and tears are also common shoulder injuries in throwing athletes. The biceps tendon can be irritated, leading to sharp pain over the shoulder. If a tear occurs, it will most likely be at the end of the long head of biceps tendon. This injury is common in throwing athletes because they repeat one movement with their arm over and over again. Pain in the front of the shoulder and weakness are common symptoms of biceps tendinitis. A tear in biceps tendon may cause a sudden, sharp pain in the upper arm. Many people will hear a popping or snapping sound when the tendon tears.