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Safety-Preventing Arm Injuries

2014 Little League Pitch Count Limits and Mandatory Rest Rules

Revised pitch count limits, longer mandatory rest periods, and other rule changes implemented by Little League Baseball in 2010 to reduce shoulder and elbow overuse injuries to youth baseball pitchers remain in effect for 2014.

Little League Rules Protect Pitchers' Arms

In 2007, Little League Baseball dropped its decades-old pitching rules - which limited pitchers age 12 and under to six innings per week and six innings per game, with the number of innings increasing for older age groups in favor of rules based on pitch count, with the number of allowable pitches based on the pitcher's age and with specific rest periods between pitching appearances when a pitcher reaches higher thresholds of pitches delivered in a day.  Revised rules go into effect for the spring 2010 baseball season.

Preventing Pitching Injuries in Youth Baseball

Twelve ways to reduce the risk of baseball pitching injuries from overuse, poor pitching mechanics, and/or poor conditioning.

Throwing Injuries No Longer Just for the Pros

Year-round sport, with the addition of numerous leagues, travel teams, showcase events and other opportunities for youth to play baseball outside of school, has contributed to a 10-fold increase in Tommy John surgery in the last decade, says an alarming new study.

Young Pitchers Should Start Season or Return From Injury By Throwing From Flat Ground Before Mound, Study Says

Pitching from a mound causes increased stress on the shoulder and elbow of adolescent pitchers as compared with that from flat ground finds a new study, which recommends that pitchers begin their season or return from injury or surgery by starting their pitching progression on flat ground before progressing to the mound.

Chronic Shoulder Pain: A Matter of Anatomy?

Shoulder injuries and pain are common in a variety of sports. Whether it is in throwing a pass in football or a pitch in baseball, athletes need tremendous shoulder strength and coordination to achieve athletic excellence. But the constant strain and pressure on the shoulder often leads to irritation and can result in an overuse injury.

Pitch Velocity: Just One of Many Injury Risk Factors

While a recent study suggests that the harder a youth baseball pitcher throws, the greater may be the risk of elbow injury,  particularly to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), and that pitching velocity should be factored into pitch counts in order to protect against injuries, pitch velocity is just one of many factors that increase injury risk.

Twelve Ways To Prevent Arm Injuries in Baseball

The latest expert advice on ways to minimize the risk that your young pitcher will suffer an injury to their elbow or shoulder.

Pitch Velocity Linked To Elbow Injury Risk, Study Says

The harder a youth baseball pitcher throws, the greater may be the risk of elbow injury, says a new study, which suggests adjusting current injury prevention guidelines focusing on pitch counts to include pitch velocity as a factor.

Elbow Position Does Not Predict Injury in Baseball Pitchers

Elbow position alone appeared to not affect injury rates and performance in college-level, male pitchers, says a new study.
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