Baseball
season is here! The MLB opened its 2015 season last night, and many
more leagues around the country will soon follow. From high school
all the way down to little league, thousands of baseball players
around the country will soon be taking the field for the first time
this year.
Unfortunately,
injuries are a part of every sport, but few are as common as shoulder
injuries in baseball. If your child is a pitcher, there is more than
a 50% chance that they will experience elbow or shoulder pain at some
point during their baseball career. The constant stress that comes
from repeatedly throwing a ball can actually widen the growth plate
in the shoulder and cause sharp pains, an injury that has come to be
known as “Little League Shoulder”.
A 2002
study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine found that roughly
half of the studied pitchers reported shoulder or elbow pain at least
once during the season and the majority of these incidents were
caused by overuse.
To help
prevent this injury, Little League Baseball has implemented a strict
pitch count to help keep young pitchers healthy over the course of a
season. The pitch count varies by age group and is as follows:
  • 7-8 years old
    – 50 pitches per
    day
  • 9-10 years old
    – 75 pitches per
    day 
  • 11-12 years old
    85 pitches per
    day 
  • 13-16 years old
    95 pitches per day 
  • 17-18 years old
    – 105 pitches per day

There
are also minimum rest requirements that must be followed for anyone
who pitches more than 20 times in one day, more about that can be
found by clicking here.
Besides
limiting pitches and resting for the appropriate amount of time,
pitchers can protect themselves from injury by improving their
pitching mechanics. Poor throwing motions can place unnecessary
stress on certain parts of the body, resulting in a higher chance of
getting hurt. Athletes should also focus on their physical
conditioning by implementing shoulder strengthening exercises and
stretches into their workout routines. If you are looking for a place
to start, check out the Throwers 10 stretching program.
Baseball
players in Connecticut can get their fix at Insports Centers. Located
in Trumbull, we are home to the area’s largest indoor turf field and
host baseball leagues, tournaments, and instructional programs for
players of all ages. Click here to learn more about our year-round
baseball programs or call us at 203-268-1214.