Baseball

During the season, baseball safety is on the minds of parents, coaches and sport medicine specialists.

An increasing number of shoulder and elbow injuries have been seen in youth baseball pitchers for the past several decades. These young athletes are at particular risk because of their developing bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and open growth plates.

Welcome Players and Families

Baseball Safety Facts

  • One out of every five Little League pitchers, 8 to 13 year old, reported pain in the elbow and/or shoulder in the previous 12 months.
  • The main risk factors are overuse and poor pitching mechanics.
  • Tearing of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) is occurring with greater frequency in youth pitchers due to overuse.
  • When a player throws more than 600 pitches in a season, they are 3.5 times more likely to be at risk for elbow pain.
  • 46% of players has admitted to being encouraged to continue playing a game despite having arm pain.

Baseball Safety Videos

Shoulder and Elbow Pain

Additional Resources

YOUTH BASEBALL THROWING INJURIES
YOUTH BASEBALL PITCHER INJURY Q&A
TOMMY JOHN SURGERY
OVERUSE INJURIES IN YOUTH ATHLETES
STOP SPORTS INJURIES CAMPAIGN
STOP SPORTS INJURIES BASEBALL TIPS
OVERUSE INJURIES INFOGRAPHIC
PITCH COUNT CHART FOR PARENTS

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