While most Little League pitchers dream of pitching in the “Big League”, the sad truth is that none will. Almost all Major League Baseball (MLB) pitchers, if they even played in Little League, played a different position in their youth. Do I have your attention yet? As surprising as these statements may seem, according to studies by several MLB team physicians, they are true.Injuries are the number one preventable reason youth (9-12 years old) pitchers seldom continue pitching past high school. The risk of injury is especially high in this age group due to immature skeletons, poor coordination, improper technique, and coaching. At all levels, the biggest risk factor is “overuse”. While injury risk factors can be mitigated, injuries are inherent to pitching. For example, despite access to the best coaches, trainers, and doctors, virtually every MLB pitcher sustains a serious injury at some point in their career.What can be done to reduce the risk of pitching injuries, especially in young pitchers? The three most important contributors to a pitcher’s ability to perform well and stay healthy are pitching mechanics, pitch volume, and pitch type. Pitching mechanics, “proper form”, is the same at all levels of competition. That is why… Read full this story
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