Thursday, December 9, 2010

Little Leaguer's Elbow

WHAT IS LITTLE LEAGUER'S ELBOW?

Little Leaguer's Elbow is pain on the side of the elbow that is closest to the body. In Little Leaguer's Elbow, the growth plate is irritated or inflamed. This problem is often caused by overuse of the throwing arm by pitchers.

The most important treatment for Little Leaguer's Elbow is to not throw if the growth plate is inflamed. Rest the arm and see a doctor for treatment.

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Source: University Sports Medicine, University of Buffalo

HOW CAN LITTLE LEAGUER'S ELBOW BE PREVENTED?
The best way to prevent Little Leaguer's Elbow is to limit the amount of throwing a player does. Since this problem occurs the most in young pitchers, there are guidelines for how many pitches or innings a child can throw in a week.

Even without overuse, poor throwing mechanics can lead to arm injury, so it is important to learn proper throwing techniques from an experienced coach.


Little League Pitch Count Limits and Mandatory Rest Rules Remain in Place for 2011
In an effort to stem the alarming increase in elbow and shoulder injuries among young baseball pitchers,  Little League Baseball adopted important new rules in 2007 to limit the number of  pitches a pitcher can throw in a game and how much rest he must take pitching appearances.

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