What’s the deal with all these oblique injuries?

The RAB Radio Show: March 24, 2011
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As you’ve probably noticed, the Yankees have been dealing with an abnormal amount of oblique injuries this year. Curtis Granderson is the latest casualty, but Joba Chamberlain, Greg Golson, and Sergio Mitre have also been hit at some point. Dan Barbarisi spoke to Dr. Jonathan Glashow, the co-chair of sports medicine at Mt. Sinai, who indicated that the rash of oblique issues could be tied to imbalanced training. “There’s been a rash of focus on core strengthening, the generic core,” said Glashow. “But it’s not so simple. If you strengthen part of the core more than another part of the core, it creates an imbalance and leads to these oblique injuries.”

Essentially, players might be working their abs and back too much during the offseason (or, more likely, their obliques not enough), creating muscles that are more developed than the connecting tissue. I’m no doctor, but I’m guessing you can think of it like a chain, meaning the core muscles are only as strong as the weakest link. Whatever’s going on, hopefully it stops soon and everyone heals up in a timely manner.

The RAB Radio Show: March 24, 2011
The Ruben Rivera Trade Tree
  • http://Fitnesse.co.uk UkYankee

    It’s exactly like a chain. A kinetic chain. Rotational force injuries are often cause because of ‘weak link’ or more likely being used ballistacally when fatgued or overused

  • UncleArgyle

    At least its not as bad as the Hamstring Epidemic of a couple springs ago….

    • Urban

      The season is young.

  • http://twitter.com/rampage1324 Jason


  • Yank the Frank

    They should just stick to the Babe’s regimen of hot dogs and beer and bow legged women.

    • MannyGeee

      this is exactly the path that I use to gain success…

      FCK YEAH ME!!!!!!!

  • theyankeewarrior

    Baseball players … masters of the muscle injury

  • Jobu The Voodoo Troll

    My key take away from this is that Joba needs to do less situps.

    • Mike Myers

      You cant do negative situps.

      • ShuutoHeat

        Or can you…?

        • MannyGeee

          well played, Mauer

  • steve (different one)

    Put this one in the pro column for Colon, don’t have to worry about this one…

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Does he even have obliques?

      • MannyGeee

        yes, and they are so well insulated that they will NEVER get injured…

        Its funny because he’s fat…

        /Mr Chow’d

  • SteveD

    I was just thinking about all these injuries the other day. Is it because of there off season workout regimen? Or is it from their spring training workouts? I think its from the latter. So it lies on whom ever is in charge of their workouts. When they had all those hamstring issues didnt their exercise guy get the boot?

    • Mickey Scheister

      Yep, the strength and conditioning dude got the axe that year. Wasn’t it 4 or 5 guys all with hammy issues, I remember Mussina getting hurt, I’m drawing a blank on the others.

    • Urban

      …it could also simply be a statistical blip. Have the Yankees changed their Spring Training strength and conditioning coach this year?

  • Jess

    Not just the Yankees. All of baseball this ST. Blame P90X.

  • Cuso

    obla-dee, obla-dah, obla-dique ah!

    la-da-da-da life goes on!

  • http://jukeofurl.wordpress.com Juke Early

    Yeah finally. Somebody else notices. Once a sport that used to avoid muscle building, this is the by product of the steroid era. Likely focusing more accurately on upperbody than below the waist. They play too tight some days & overdrive their musculature. Those here just whistling this off must not care too much about other people’s health & career. The incidence of injuries is way too high across MLB.

  • MannyGeee

    I think the surprise for me in this group is Granderson. I could see where Chamberlin and Mitre could injure an oblique, and Golson I guess is a wild card, but Grandy seems like a really fit guy. like, naturally fit.