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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.

Knowledge of USA Baseball Pitching Guidelines Is Poor, Says New Study

Knowledge of and compliance with USA Baseball pitch count recommendations by youth baseball coaches is poor, putting youth pitchers at increased risk for upper extremity pain and injuries, finds a disturbing new study.

Stretching Reduces Risk of Shoulder Injuries In Young Pitchers

A big difference between the forward range of motion of the throwing and non-throwing shoulder increases injury risk.  Here is a simple test to identify such difference and a stretching exercise to keep the shoulder balanced.

Overuse to Blame For Youth Pitching Injuries, But Sliders and Curveballs Still Risk

Overuse is to blame for arm injuries among youth baseball players, but throwing curve balls at an early age still increases risk, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina.

Proper Throwing Mechanics Reduce Injury Risk to Young Pitchers

Poor pitching mechanics can put additional stress on a young arm and increase the risk of injury, experts say.

Preventing Pitching Injuries: Avoid Multiple Teams in Overlapping Seasons

Baseball pitchers who play for multiple teams with overlapping seasons are at increased risk of injury from exceeding mandatory or recommended pitch limits. 

Preventing Pitching Injuries: Take 3 to 4 Months Off Every Year From Pitching and Overhand Throwing Sports

To reduce the risk of injury, youth baseball pitchers need a period of "active rest" after the baseball season ends and before the next season begins during which they should stay physically active to maintain conditioning but refrain from overhand throwing of any kind

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.

Preventing Pitching Injuries: Spotting Signs A Pitcher Is Tired

One important way for youth baseball coaches to prevent overuse injuries is to look for signs that the pitcher is tired.  While fatigue, like pain (another early warning sign of overuse injury), is generally difficult to quantify because it is a subjective, a coach can use pitch counts, ball velocity, ball location, pitching mechanics, and strength as guides in determining fatigue.
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