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Recommendations for Protecting Youth Baseball Pitchers

Axe, Michael J. M.D.

Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy review: April-May-June 2001 - Volume 9 - Issue 2 - p 147-153
Sports-Specific Rehabilitation in Throwing and Overhead Injuries

The goal is to keep youth pitchers from injuring themselves during their years of growth. By understanding the injuries, the athletes, parents, coaches, and medical staff can be educated. By identifying the athletes thought to be at risk, a program of resistance training with attention to the rotator cuff and scapular stabilizers in addition to a long toss throwing program may reduce injuries to these adolescent pitchers. Protecting pitchers who are capable of generating greater speeds than their peers from themselves and enthusiastic coaches by counting pitches, delaying throwing a curve ball, slider, and split finger pitches, and adhering to the soreness rules may be equally critical.

From First State Orthopaedics, Newark, Delaware.

Send correspondence and reprint requests to Michael J. Axe, M.D., Medical Arts Pavilion, # 225, 4745 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DC 19713-2067. E-mail:

© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.