Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sports Participation for the Pediatric Thrower

By: David Piskulic, DPT, SCS, ATC/L
St. Louis Children’s Hospital Physical Therapy

It’s summer time! And that means several things…no school, sunshine, and lots of America’s favorite pastime: baseball. Participation in youth baseball leagues and youth sports in general has increased significantly in recent years. Unfortunately, there has also been an increase in sports related injuries. In fact, 3.5 million children under the age of 14 are seen annually for sports related injuries. 

Youth throwing injuries have been a particular area of increased concern. Injuries that were normally seen in professional athletes are being seen in our young athletes. The link to the article below discusses the current environment of youth participation in baseball and its implications towards injury. There is also a free handout with pitch type, pitch count, and rest recommendations for youth baseball players to help prevent some of these injuries.

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