Gornowski is a Sophomore First Baseman on the Baseball team. Over
the summer of 2005, he awoke with left shoulder pain and saw his
doctor at home. Most likely the injury occurred while dunking a
basketball. He had numerous tests done including MRI, EMG and x-rays
with no definitive diagnosis. This injury occurred in his non-throwing
shoulder. He returned to Stockton for the fall Semester and began
rehab with our Athletic Training Services. He also saw a physician
for a second opinion. This resulted in a diagnosis of suprascapular
Upon evaluation in the athletic training room it was noted that
Rob suffered from severe atrophy (muscle degeneration) of the infraspinatus
muscle. This muscle is responsible for external rotation of the
shoulder. Because of the atrophy, he also experienced weakness with
that movement. Rob began his rehab working on range of motion exercises
to help reestablish the movements. He was cleared to throw a baseball,
because the injury involved his non-throwing arm, on October 31,
2005 by his Orthopedist as he continued to work on his rehabilitation.
We began using muscle re-education electrical stimulation on his
infraspinatus muscle to elicit a contraction and try to increase
his strength quicker. We had success in rebuilding some muscle tone
through using this technique. Rob was able to progress with this
rehabilitation using resistance tubing and regaining full range
On January 9, 2006 Rob was cleared to participate fully in baseball.
This included swinging a bat, which up until this point he had not
been cleared to do. As Rob progressed through his rehabilitation
he slowly began to feel stronger although there was still a considerable
strength deficit. We were able to increase the resistance of the
tubing and include proprioceptive activities such as the Body Blade.
We continued with a stretching routine that had previously been
implemented. Rob continued his rehabilitation throughout the season,
increasing the strength of his infraspinatus muscle, which increased
his ability to affectively play baseball.
He returned to play as the starting first baseman in Stockton's
first game on February 25, 2006 against Washington and Lee. He went
on to play in 21 games, starting 7.