Baseball Pitching Injuries
By Steven Ellis, former Chicago Cubs pitching pro
In baseball pitching, early detection of injury is one of the best ways to maximize an athlete's health.
Over the past decade, the importance of early detection of baseball pitching injuries has been emphasized in professional baseball and has filtered down through college and the high school levels.
The same care and attention should be given to youth and little league pitchers as well.
Knowing the difference between general soreness such as a sore pitching arm, a sore pitching elbow or a sore pitching shoulder, and pain can make a big difference.
Signs of a pitching injury include:
- Decreased performance.
- Decreased stamina.
- A change of pitching mechanics.
- A change in attitude or behavior.
- A soreness that "hangs on."
Mild soreness after baseball practice can be expected, but soreness that persists or increases must be considered as an early sign of injury.
Avoid serious baseball pitching injuries by discontinuing pitching and seeking medical attention when:
- Soreness does not go away after one or two days.
- A slight swelling persists or enlarges.
- A mildly tender area becomes hot and very sore.
- An athletic activity produces sharp or severe pain.
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