Pitching Injury

By Steven Ellis former Chicago Cubs pitching pro

How to recognize pitching injury in youth pitchers.

The back side of the elbow (outer) part of the elbow
The inner part of the elbow (bicep area)
The shoulder (rotator cuff)

Very simply, if your player complains of pain in any of these areas, you need to take them out. Asking your pitcher to pitch with pain can cause damage that could affect him the rest of his life. If it's your son, make sure he has a way of telling you during the game if his arm is in pain. I know you don?t want to step on a coaches toes, but you have every right as a parent to know how your son is feeling, and if your son?s arm hurts and the coach won?t take him out because it?s a close game, then you take him out. I know these coaches are only volunteers and many of them are doing their absolute best, and most are not trying to hurt a pitchers arm, they just don?t understand all that is involved. I?m in the process of trying to educate every little league coach and parent of a pitcher about this so everyone can be on the same page.

There?s a ton of information out there, and unless you?ve been involved with pitching for a long time, it will simply take you a long time to sift through all of the information (if you can understand most of the medical jargon) or how it really applies to your pitcher. And since many kids might not develop an arm problem, most people think that it?s the "other kid" that this stuff happens to and don?t give it a second thought. Since I?ve had the luxury of being a pitcher, and going through arm problems myself, along with being involved with little league coaching, parents, pitchers and pitchers with various arm problems, I?ve done all the research for you and made it very simple for you to understand. If you?re explaining this to another person and they don?t have this guide, please have them go to my website and click on the "Free Newsletter" link and they?ll get my newsletters for Free, including the one on sore arms.

The pitching elbow and shoulder are two of the most complicated joints in the body. The elbow and shoulder takes on the most stress of any parts when pitching. If you?ve ever taken a bucket and put a little water in it and swung it around in circles upside down and thought it was cool how the water stayed in and was forced to the bottom of the bucket. Well, the elbow joint and shoulder joint is the water in the bucket, and when a pitcher throws, those joints are trying their hardest to get out of the bucket, but these tiny little muscles, tendons, bones, and growth plates are somehow holding them in there. The forearm has two bones, and the bicep has one bone, the only thing keeping the forearm from separating from the bicep is some tendons and muscles. A growth plate is pieces of bone that actually grows, but it?s supposed to move and grow at the proper time, not when it?s being put under amazing stress and force. When it?s overused the growth plate can actually separate from other parts of the bone creating what can be arm problems for life, and in some instances, a deformed arm that might make other tasks difficult


 

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