Introducing the DVS Arm Care System
It comes with great excitement to announce that the DVS Arm Care System is now on sale to the public! After years of study and research, we have created a process in which a thrower can perform the daily maintenance required to sustain a healthy and functional throwing arm. As arm health is all about tolerability and how well the body is handling the stress associated with throwing a baseball, the bands are designed to do just that. This is especially important in today’s baseball culture, where the youth and adolescent populations are throwing and playing at near excessive levels. Combine this pattern of overuse with the poor throwing mechanics exhibited by the current youth, and you have a perfect recipe for injury. Therefore, as a player in today’s culture, it’s your job to find and implement solutions that improve your body’s ability to deal with the stress that you’re choosing to place upon it. One of those solutions is the DVS Arm Care System.
Seeing as how the sole purpose of any arm care routine is to reduce injury risk (or it should be anyway), the DVS Arm Care System was assessed based on its ability to reduce the severity of throwing-related risk factors that commonly exist within the throwing shoulder of baseball pitchers. When stacked up to other common protocols and programs that exist in the baseball community, our system excelled with flying colors at mitigating, and sometimes even negating these risk factors entirely!
Shown below is a graph highlighting one of the key components looked at in our analysis. Total Arc Motion (TAM) is one of the gold-standards for quantifying a thrower’s likelihood of sustaining a throwing-related injury. Very briefly, for those who haven’t read Range-of-Motion: A Pitcher’s Best Friend…or Not, TAM is the measurement of total degrees of motion in each of your shoulders. The problem occurs when your throwing shoulder becomes limited in excess of five degrees relative to your non-throwing shoulder. For example, if your throwing shoulder has 165 degrees of motion and your non-throwing shoulder has 173 degrees of motion, then you are 2.5x more likely to get injured through throwing. So going back to what I said previously, if this 5º difference in TAM is one of the best assessors of injury risk, then the goal of any “arm care program” should be to reduce this difference. And based on what the results of this study yielded, the Essential Thrower’s Isometrics, which is one of the components within the DVS Arm Care System, proved to be best at reducing this difference.
Looking a little more in-depth at the results, you can see that everyone in the study pretty much started out (pre) around the same point. On average, participants came in with somewhere between a 7 and 8-degree deficit of motion within their throwing arm relative to their non-throwing arm. This means that on average, this group of approximately 80 throwers was 2.5x more likely to get injured than not. That equates to about 150% increased chance of injury! When measured again immediately after (Post) the intervention and Five Minutes Post, on average, the Stretch group and the Active group exhibited almost no change. If anything, they may have even gone down a little bit. The Control group also showed no change, but this was expected as they didn't receive any intervention. On the contrary, subjects in the Essential Thrower’s Isometrics group showed nearly a 7º improvement in TAM from start to end. In other words, not only did subjects remove themselves from the “at risk” category, but they nearly got back to neutral.
So what’s the difference? Well, we’ll save the answer to that question for a later article, but just be aware that these range-of-motion risk factors are a real thing, and the DVS Arm Care System provides you with a valid and proven solution to keep them at bay. And the best thing about all this…the better you equip your arm and body with the resources to stay healthy, the better you will perform.
- Will Fox