With the recent injuries to Billy Wagner and Martin Prado, many Braves fans were left wondering what EXACTLY is an oblique? And how do you strain or tear it? Basically, the oblique muscles are a part of the abdominal and rib cage portion of the torso running down the side of your body. The main function is to provide stability for to the torso and, to a lesser extent, support your spine. With a strong and stable “core”, a pitcher and/or hitter is able to produce greater force in throwing a baseball or swinging a bat. When this area is injured, an athlete will have difficulty in twisting, running, and even breathing. Unfortunately, the healing process is long and depends greatly on the severity of the injury. If you are an athlete that is experiencing pain with the throwing motion, call our rehab specialists today for an evaluation and a proper exercise program to reduce the chance of a severe injury.