Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Avoid overuse injuries

A warning on overuse injuries for youths

Personal Health: A look at how some school-age competitors develop serious overuse injuries, and what can be done to protect the young athletes.
The New York Times
Just as warming weather brings millions of young athletes back onto sports fields, a major athletics association has renewed this warning: Some school-age competitors who are inadequately prepared, or improperly coached, continue to develop serious overuse injuries. Read More
National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement:
Prevention of Pediatric Overuse Injuries

"Proper training and conditioning, both before and during the season, may prevent overuse injuries," the athletic trainers' association said. The group recommended starting a fitness-improvement program at least two months before the sport's season begins.

Switch Pitching can help to prevent overuse injuries by alternating the use of throwing arms. For youth pitchers, throwing one inning left, then another right-handed can work well.

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