May 19, 2014
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina University Associate Athletic Trainer and Rehabilitation Coordinator Barry Lippman is one of three finalists for the 2014 Excellence in Aquatics Award for his work in the rehabilitation of baseball’s Jake Kane following an injury to his right (throwing) shoulder. The award recognizes professionals who, despite all odds, garnered superior rehabilitation results through innovative, and sometimes unconventional, methods. Each of the finalists relied on aquatics as a medium to help achieve exceptional results.
Fans can support Lippman’s efforts by voting for the award once a day until June 18 by visiting http://ww2.hydroworx.com/vote-2014#coastal. The winner of the 2014 Excellence in Aquatics Award will be announced in the HydroWorx Booth, at the National Athletic Trainers Association’s 65th Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. Fans my spread the word of Lippman and Kane’s accomplishments on Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag #ExcellenceInAquatics.
Kane, a second baseman, arrived at Coastal Carolina in August of 2012 as a junior college transfer with severe atrophy and weakness in his right shoulder. Due to the concern of further damaging the shoulder through off season lifting, Lippman and the CCU athletic training team decided to utilize aquatic therapy for Kane’s off season strengthening program.
After a successful progression of therapeutic exercise during both the off season and preseason, Kane was able to participate in the entire spring 2013 baseball season. He was able to increase his strength safely in the pool enough to complete a successful 2013 baseball season, which featured a .287 batting average with 49 hits and 23 RBI. Moreover, Kane had a hit in 19 of the final 23 games of the campaign, including eight multi-hit games, and batted a team-best .384 (28-for-73) over the span.
After the end of the 2013 season, Kane underwent surgery and had a great base of strength due to the aquatic therapy sessions throughout preseason and the regular season. The surgery repaired a 1 cm by 1 cm thick rotator cuff tear, as well as a decompression release of the suprascapular nerve supplying the rotator cuff (which is rarely seen in athletics).
Although Kane was limited in his rehabilitation following the surgery, Lippman was able to work around the limitations using the aquatic therapy pool with the surgeon’s approval. Lippman had Kane begin underwater therapy roughly two weeks post-op. Kane began running on the underwater treadmill in the HydroWorx pool at five weeks post-op and progressed to sprinting against the jets over a three week period. The ability to run in a reduced gravity environment offered a way to implement sprint work roughly four weeks sooner than expected.
Overall, Kane’s recovery was rapid and he was able to initiate a hitting progression program starting at 10 weeks post-op and a throwing program starting at 12 weeks post-op. He had also fully returned to play, participating in off season practices and workouts.
At the time of physician’s final follow up, (approximately six months post-op.) Kane’s rotator cuff strength was equal bilaterally (5/5) in all manual muscle tests. He was able to demonstrate full strength of the rotator cuff. Today, Kane continues to have success on the baseball field with minimal shoulder soreness, while continuing therapy pool workouts once or twice a week in order to maintain throwing strength.