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Preventing Pitching Injuries: Allow Adequate Warm Up

Inadequate warm-up is one often overlooked risk factor for youth baseball pitchers .  Research by the American Sports Medicine Institute shows that a pitcher needs to throw twenty-five fastballs before he achieves command and is fully warmed up. The problem is that a pitcher who comes to the mound from playing another position as a reliever only gets seven tosses before facing live batters.

Per Inning Pitch Count: More Important Than Total Pitch Count?

Little League and USA Baseball have focused in recent years on total pitch counts and rest periods between pitching outings as ways to reduce the number of pitching injuries.  Some baseball experts believe, however, that removing pitchers from games based on the number of pitchers they throw per inning and/or when they  exhibit certain signs of fatigue will do more to protect the arms of young pitchers than total pitch count limits.

Overuse Injuries in Youth Baseball: Prevention Tips

Tips from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons on ways to reduce overuse injuries in youth baseball.

Stretching Exercises Maintain Shoulder Flexibility, Reduce Risk of Rotator Cuff, Other Injuries

Stretching exercises maintains good shoulder flexibility and reduce the risk of rotator cuff and other injuries to baseball pitchers and other throwing athletes (football quarterbacks, javelin throwers).  Without a stretching program, athletes tend to develop muscle imbalances over the course of a season, exposing the athlete to increased risk of injury.

Exercises Assess Strength of Pitching Shoulder

With baseball season kicking into full gear, it is important to ensure that young arms are ready for the field. While a  great deal of emphasis is placed on "throwing more to get a stronger arm"  there are several other factors to consider. Physical therapist Keith Cronin provides a simple list of assessment tools and exercises to assess strength deficits in a throwing shoulder that increase that increase the risk of injury and decrease overall performance.

Athletic Values, Leadership Skills Need to Be Taught in Youth Sports

The vast majority of children who play youth sports don't end up in the pros. So what is the real purpose of amateur sports? Most parents will say for children to learn athletic values and leadership skills.  But exactly how does that happen? As a culture, we expect student-athletes will become leaders by merely participating in sports. But these values need to be taught.

New Metal Baseball Bat Commercial Raises Safety Concerns

At this time every year we at MomsTeam get a flood of emails asking the same question: "Why don't they ban metal bats?"

This has been a contentious issue and one which I have been following for years. I have always been on the fence, although leaning in the direction of some common-sense regulation of metal bats to limit the speed at which balls come off the bat.

Ironically, it is a new metal baseball bat commercial that raises safety concerns and has me re-thinking my stance.

Preventing Pitching Injuries: Up to Parents To Reduce Injury Risk Where Multiple Teams Involved

When athletes pitch for multiple teams during the same season or on unregulated travel ball team, parents should keep track of pitch counts to protect them from injury.

Youth Baseball Pitching: Teaching Proper Mechanics Critical

One of the best ways to protect against arm injuries in youth baseball and maximize your child's natural ability is to teach proper pitching mechanics at as early an age as possible. Teaching your child about pitching mechanics doesn't need to be complicated, and it doesn't need to be too technical, but you and your child must be willing to commit enough time to understand the entire process, step by step.

Daily Pitch Limits: USA Baseball, Little League Rules Are The Same, But Only Little League's Are Mandatory

Although pitch limits and rest periods for Little League Baseball and USA Baseball are now the same, Little League's are mandatory, while USA Baseball's are only recommended.
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