Written by: Billie Jo Braatz PT, DPT, LAT
Summer is in the air and with that comes the start of America’s favorite pastime, baseball. Each year an increasing number of young children begin partaking in baseball or softball, contributing to the concern for the growing number of injuries occurring from these sports. Shoulder and elbow pain concerns are common and if not taken care of properly, can lead to chronic issues in the future.
Parents and coaches need to be the primary advocates for these children so they can play the sport they love while staying healthy at the same time for years to come. A proper warm-up, playing multiple positions, avoiding throwing with pain and emphasizing good throwing mechanics are a few important things to consider in preventing overuse injuries. Furthermore, pitch counts, rest periods and age recommendations for when to start throwing various pitches are important to abide by as well.
Littleleague.org and the STOP Sports Injuries campaign are two useful resources for anyone associated with youth baseball and softball players and can provide further important information to keep our children healthy. Additionally, the physical therapists and athletic trainers at the Agnesian Center of Bone & Joint Health are health professionals specially trained in the prevention, evaluation and rehabilitation of injuries that occur in the young baseball or softball player. So if your child is experiencing any baseball or softball related injuries this spring and summer, contact the Agnesian Center for Bone & Joint Health and one of our specially-trained professionals will help keep your child in the game.