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2017 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 Injuries in Youth Baseball

Of the nearly 500,000 youth baseball injuries treated in hospitals, doctors' offices, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers and hospital emergency rooms each year, many are preventable or could be reduced in severity if simple steps are taken.

Preventing Pitching Injuries in Youth Baseball

With spring youth baseball right around the corner, here are some ways to reduce the risk of baseball pitching injuries from overuse, poor pitching mechanics, and/or poor conditioning.

Many Injuries in Youth Baseball Are Preventable

Many of the injuries suffered by children and teens in youth baseball are preventable if certain precautions are taken, experts say.

Rule Requiring Safety-Release Bases Likely to Reduce Leg Injuries in Youth Baseball

Since 2007, Little League Baseball® and Little League Softball® have mandated the use by all leagues of bases that disengage their anchor (e.g. "safety-release bases"). If your child is playing for another baseball or softball national organization you may want to check with them, as this rule pertains only to Little League Baseball® and Little League Softball®.

Youth Baseball Injuries Are Common But Few Require Surgery

Although baseball is not considered a contact sport, players suffer a large number of injuries. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, almost 400,000 children ages 5 through 14 years are injured playing baseball each year. While a recent survey found that 25% of baseball players ages 5 to 14 had been injured playing baseball, a three-year study of high school athletes in ten sports by the National Athletic Trainers Association found that baseball actually had the lowest injury rate of the sports studied.

Sports-Related Facial Fractures: Relatively Common But Preventable

Nearly half of sports-related facial fractures among children occur in baseball and softball, says a new study in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, many of which could be prevented if players wore face shields while fielding.

Cards' Doctor To Answer Youth Baseball Questions

In collaboration with physicians for the St. Louis Cardinals, MomsTEAM wants to hear from baseball parents. What's on your mind when it comes to baseball? Dr. Luke Choi, associate physician for the St. Louis Cardinals and director for Center for the Athlete's Shoulder and Elbow, will answer your questions.

Double Digit Decline In Youth Sports Injuries Over Last Decade, New Study Finds

There is good news and bad news on the youth sports injury front. The good news is that sports and recreation musculoskeletal injuries declined 12.4 percent in the U.S. over the past 10 years for children ages 5 to 14 years. The bad news: injuries in football and soccer went up, says a new study.
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