There are some important things to be aware of! Did you know that according to research, that the most common baseball injury is caused by overuse of the throwing arm? Let’s discuss this a bit more, without throwing too much water on the fun sport of baseball.
Studying the Throwing Arm
In Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, they studied 300 pitchers over two seasons. The 9 to 12 year olds reported arm complaints following each game and it seems directly related to the # of pitches per game and the types of pitches thrown. Specifically, kids throwing 75 or more pitches per game were 50% more likely to suffer elbow pain than those throwing less than 25 per game. According to the authors for every 10 pitches per game increase the odds for elbow pain increases by 6%. The authors recommend limiting young pitchers to 75 pitches per game.
Sports are terrific for youth
Now before you write me to say “I’m ruining the game of baseball” let me stress that I am pro-sports, pro-youth leagues, and think that exercise and activity is exactly what American children need today considering the scary obesity rates in our young ones.
Children & Chiropractic
If your children are active and especially if they play league sports of any kind, consider integrating children into a semi-frequent chiropractic program.
If you’d like me to quickly evaluate them, just bring them in with you. I’m happy to do a quick initial evaluation without charge. There’s a reason top sports athletes all rely on chiropractic. However don’t ignore our young ones. If you have any additional questions with regards to potential childhood injuries or sports injuries in general, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help.
Now, let’s go play ball!