Dr. Mark Galland Discusses Injury Prevention Baseball For Amateur Athletes

Written by admin on February 21, 2013 – 8:08 am -

Dr. Mark Galland has announced the release of a podcast discussing prevention of common youth baseball injuries. In the podcast, Galland provides his expert opinion on some of the most common injuries associated with baseball: from little leaguer’s elbow to torn labrums and everything in between, and gives advice to parents, coaches and athletes on safety techniques for injury prevention.

“To prevent injury when playing baseball as a young athlete, the most important thing is to resist the temptation to achieve short term success at the expense of the long term goals of the athlete,” said Galland. “Too often I see that in the pressure to win we sacrifice the athlete, the baseball player or the pitcher that this child could be when he or she reach collegiate or professional levels.”

To listen to the podcast, click here: Injury Prevention In Youth Baseball


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Youth Baseball Recommendations

Written by admin on April 15, 2010 – 1:33 pm -

The following are risk factors for injury in youth baseball:

1. Throwing the breaking ball at an early age

2. Throwing too many pitches per game or innings per week

3. Participation in more than one youth baseball league simultaneously

4. Participation in year-round baseball

5. Poor pitching mechanics

6. Poor practice and conditioning habits due to substandard coaching practices

7. Genetic makeup not optimal for baseball participation

The following are recommendations regarding youth baseball pitching:

1. Age to begin throwing curveball: 14.5 years old

2. Age to begin throwing slider: 18 years old

3. Age to begin throwing changeup (not considered any more stressful on the arm than the fastball): 11-12 years old, or when sufficient velocity and control are developed with the fastball

4. Maximum pitches per game

  • Ages 8-10: 50 pitches
  • Ages 11-14: 75 pitches
  • Ages 15-18: 90-100 pitches

5. Maximum innings per week

  • Ages 14 and under: 6 innings
  • Through high school: 10 innings

USA BASEBALL PITCH COUNT RECOMMENDATIONS

9-10 year old:

50/game

75/week

1000/season

2000/year

11-12 year old:

75/game

100/week

1000/season

3000/year

13-14 year old:

75/game

125/week

1000/season

3000/year

So what is a parent to do?  Here are some items to keep in mind:

  • Make sure your child is physically fit to pitch by building up their throwing intensity and pitch volume prior to the season
  • Have your son or daughter warm up before pitching
  • Follow pitch count and recovery guidelines – monitor your kid’s pitch count
  • Monitor your child’s well being by asking them how they are feeling
  • Teach your child that it is okay to stop/rest if pain is occurring
  • Avoid “showcases,” multiple simultaneous leagues, and multiple “same game’ pitching appearances
  • Do not allow your child to participate in organized baseball for more than nine months in any year

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