What is the Labrum?
Common Labral Tears
Posterior Labral Tears: A less common injury, but sometimes seen in athletes, this condition develops when the rotator cuff and labrum are pinched together in the back of the shoulder, making it difficult to rotate the shoulder inwards.
SLAP Tears: This is most commonly seen in overhead and throwing athletes, such as baseball/softball, volleyball, swimmers and tennis players. The SLAP tear (Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior) occurs when the bicep tendon, which is attached at the top of the labrum and socket, peels off the labrum causing a tear with certain motions. Bankart and SLAP tears make it difficult to throw, serve or even lift heavy bags.