PT Perspective: Crucial Tips For Parents of Little League Players

Posted by NAIOMT on Mar 19, 2015 5:23:23 PM

As the little league season is upon us, there is quite a buzz these days on injury prevention and year round throwing in the youth baseball player. Over the last couple of years, I have seen quite an increase in youth injuries in the 10 to 13-year-old range from kids playing baseball either year round, playing in two leagues at the same time or both. At this age injuries manifest in the elbow mostly due to overuse, improper throwing mechanics and also because of skeletal immaturity. Injuries such as medical epicondyle avulsion fractures and UCL strains are amongst the most common for this age range. The severity of these injuries are on the rise and what most parents and kids do not understand is that while we as a medical community have evolved and are great at helping to correctly these injuries, it still does not negate the fact that if these kids continue to play year round and in multiple leagues at the same time, their chances of making it beyond high school in baseball decrease to a generous 10%. I am a huge advocate for the STOP program that Dr. Andrews has begun to spread awareness of the potential hazards associated with overuse in youth sports. There is also a program started by MLB called Pitch Smart and an app developed by Dr. Andrews and Kevin Wilk out of ASMI called Throw Like a Pro, all to help promote following pitch counts and smart baseball habits. I make sure parents and athletes that I am treating are well versed in the pitch count and throwing regulations for youth baseball. I want parents and kids to understand that until they have a skeletally mature system, there are several things they should and should not be doing:

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Topics: little league injury, Physical Therapy, youth baseball, athletic trainer, Faculty, injuries, sports medicine

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