Before you assist him, make sure he’s been given the correct diagnosis, then speak with his PT or doctor prior to helping him.
Everybody has different pain thresholds and tolerance. I have a client who has a torn Labrum and she continues to do my bootcamps but knows her limits.
Follow the advice of his PT
Swimming may be a great alternative.
He may need to not play baseball and try something different until it subsides!
It’s best not diagnose but to refer your client to seek professional advice.
I currently train a client that had her torn hip labrum repaired. Before she had her surgery, she was/is an active tennis player and certain movements on the courst and in the gym, really caused her pain.
I suggested her to see a physician to diagnose her pain that resulted in surgery for the repair.
She has resumed our Personal Training with written permission from her physician/physical therapist. Now on the road to recovery, she will soon be back on the court.
I agree with Michael. I tore my hip labrum a few years ago due to a structural abnormality but many athletes tear it performing their sport. It can only be seen with an MRI, not with an xray, but an orthopedic hip surgeon can usually tell without the MRI. Any workout or exercise that causes your client to feel pain in the area is probably not helping it and could be making it worse. This injury takes time to heal from. Bad tears may require surgery.
I would definitely work closely with his Physical Therapist or orthopedist. I agree swimming could be a good alternative. In my case, I was able to teach all my Spinning classes with no problem – only jogging aggravated it.
Exercise won’t heal a torn labrum. You can strengthen the surrounding musculature to assist the connective tissue in stabilizing the joint. Before doing any exercise or working with a client with such issues, clearance to exercise is absolutely necessary.
Once cleared to exercise, the entire kinetic chain should be assessed for a number of potential issues from imbalances to ROM limitations or joint laxity. Everything depends on the client’s overall readiness to not only exercise, but move correctly at every joint. There are so many subtle things to be aware of and be able to observe and understand the integrated relationship to the client’s mechanics, I would need to assess the client to give more advice than this.