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Rob Gornowski- Baseball
Rob 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 nerve injury.

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 of motion.

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.
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