It is really sad as an orthopedic surgeon to see a young athlete in my office with an injury that was completely preventable. Now I’m not talking about not playing sports at all. Quite the opposite. But I think if there are steps that we can take to lower a kid’s risk of a serious injury, we should do that.
In this tip, we are going to talk about a major step to decrease injuries in youth baseball.
I could talk about not throwing all year or playing for more than one team in a season. Those efforts would be helpful.
A simpler strategy to prevent overuse shoulder and elbow throwing injuries might be to set a limit on the number of innings a kid can pitch over the course of an entire year.
Pitching too many innings doesn’t increase a kid’s risk of a few days of shoulder soreness or elbow tightness. They are more likely to suffer injuries that require surgery or end their playing careers.
Do you think we could effectively keep kids from pitching 100 innings per year? And would it decrease injuries? Please share your thoughts below!