Bonjavanni is a junior midfielder for the Osprey’s lacrosse
team. He injured his shoulder in the spring/summer of '07 and was
diagnosed with a rotator cuff strain. A rotator cuff strain can
cause pain and weakness in the shoulder, especially with overhead
motions such as passing or shooting. A conservative treatment was
used consisting of rehabilitation and modifying his activity during
the fall season. Anthony started rehabilitation with us in September
'07, and completed it in the Athletic Training Room in May '08.
To start of our rehabilitation program, we had Anthony begin strengthening
his scapular stabilizers. By strengthening his scapular muscles,
we were able to build more strength and stability in his shoulder
to help alleviate the stress on the rotator cuff. We limited the
amount of activity Anthony was doing during the fall season;
we modified his weight training program to eliminate painful motions
such as abduction and external rotation. We also limited the amount
of throwing and passing he was doing at practice to allow time for
his rotator cuff to heal. We then began to work on overall shoulder
strengthening, targeting the supraspinatus – one of the rotator
cuff muscles that is most frequently strained. We advanced Anthony
to sport specific exercises at the end of the fall semester and
recommended that he continue therapy during the winter break so
that he could return in the spring strong and ready to compete.
Anthony started his spring training at the end of January, and was
having no pain with throwing and passing. We continuously were altering
his rehabilitation to make it more challenging and sport specific
for him. We were seeing a lot of positive results as he continued
through his rehab and training. By the first week of March, the
team was beginning their season and Anthony was participating fully.
On March 1st 2008 while in Delaware, Anthony scored his first goal
of the season against Wesley. He finished the season playing in
all 15 games, scoring 6 goals and having 3 assists.