Baumgartner Works Her Way Back
from Shoulder Injury
Baumgartner was ready to play in the Softball opening game in
Florida during Spring Break. Baumgartner is a junior 3B/1B that
hit .310 and played in 29 games for the Ospreys in 2007. During
the summer of 2007 she injured her shoulder in a summer softball
league. She was diagnosed with a shoulder slap
tear and internal
impingement. Her orthopedist thought her injury could be treated
conservatively with rest and rehab. She started rehab at home
at a local physical therapy clinic.
Melissa began rehab with Stockton Athletic Training Services in
September when she returned to school. The injury kept her out
of full participation in the fall as she completed a graduated
throwing protocol. She completed over 60 rehab sessions on her
shoulder since September to make sure she was ready for the spring
season. In her first game back she was 2-4 with two RBI, but unfortunatley
strained her hamstring in the next game. This caused her to miss
the remainder of the games in Florida. "Melissa did a great
job with her shoulder rehab. But right now we're focusing on her
hamstring and hoping to have ready to play on Saturday 3/29/08."
commented, Jon Heck, MS, ATC, Coordinator of Athletic Training.
Melissa will continue rehab 3 times per week for the remainder
of the semester on her shoulder while also rehabbing her hamstring.