Little League Shoulder

by Craig W. Goodhart, MD 18. February 2015 21:02

TIME TO PLAY BALL!!

It’s that time of year again when baseball season is about to start. Every year I see many young athletes that are excited to begin the season and then disappointed when they begin to have problems with their elbow and shoulder.  So I am going to take a second and explain what “Little Leaguers Shoulder” is and how to prevent injury to the shoulder.

Little League shoulder is an overuse injury caused by rotational stresses generated during throwing.  This results in repetitive micro trauma to the growth plate and the equivalent of a stress fracture.  Pitchers and catchers are most often affected though any position can have this occur.  Usually there is several months of worsening shoulder pain with throwing.  There may be tenderness in the shoulder and usually the athlete becomes wilder with the throws and slower with the velocity of the pitch.  If this occurs then a thorough examination and radiographs are taken to confirm the diagnosis.

Management involves cessation of throwing for 3 months followed by a good throwing program that emphasizes good mechanics.  Compliance with the USA baseball pitch count recommendations make injury less likely.  USA baseball also recommends 3 months away from throwing each year and this has shown to limit injury to the shoulder. 

 

Age (years)

2006 USA Baseball Recommendations

Daily/Weekly Pitch Limit (Approx.)

2014 Little League Baseball

Mandatory Daily Pitch Limit

 17-18

 No recommended limit

 105*

 15-16

 No recommended limit

 95*

 13-14

 75 pitches (125 pitches per week)

 95*

 11-12

 75 pitches (100 pitches per week)

 85*

 9-10

 50 pitches (75 pitches per week)

 75*

 7-8

 No recommended limit

 50*

 

Read more: http://www.momsteam.com/sports/daily-pitch-limits-usa-baseball-little-league-rules-different#ixzz3S7zVWIex


 Age

  Pitches per game

 Pitches per week

 Pitches per season

  Pitches per year

 13-14

 75

 125

 1000

 3000

 11-12

 75

 100

 1000

 3000

 9 - 10

 50

 75

 1000

 2000

* Pitch count limits include only pitches thrown during games and don't include:


Read more: 
http://www.momsteam.com/sports/daily-pitch-limits-usa-baseball-little-league-rules-different#ixzz3S7zg9ul0

 

Good Luck and Have a great season. 

 

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