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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.

Is Your Child's Coach Committing an Athletic Felony?

Much has been written lately about the emotional damage coaches can do to youth athletes.

Coaches who selfishly overuse and physically push athletes too far for the benefit of the team's win-loss record or their own ego are committing an athletic felony.

Preventing Pitching Injuries: Observe Pitch Count Limits and Rest Periods

One of the best ways to reduce the risk of overuse injuries for youth pitchers is to strictly observe per game,week, season, and yearly pitch limits.

Preventing Pitching Injuries: Curve Ball Debate Continues

Whether young pitchers should delay throwing curve balls to protect against arm injuries has long been the subject of debate.  Despite the fact that baseball is the most widely studied youth sport in the United States, the jury is still out on the role of breaking pitches in overuse injuries.

Tommy John Surgery Does Not Improve Pitching Performance

Misconceptions abound among  baseball parents, coaches and players about the reasons for and benefits of Tommy John surgery and the relationship between pitch counts and injury risk.
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