Hit a Home Run with Elbow Health
Throwing injures that affect the elbow are most common in pitchers, but they can be seen in any athlete who participates in repetitive arm motion. Follow these tips to help keep your elbow feeling great and you in the game:
- Avoid repetitive strain. In baseball, tennis, and golf, proper form is crucial. Use appropriate equipment and rest, taking care not to overuse your elbow.
- Get stronger. Both shoulder and forearm strengthening can help in preventing issues with your elbows. Also, don’t forget to stretch when you work out.
- Consider bracing. Bracing can support the joint and help alleviate existing pain.
Pitch Count Guidelines
Pitching guidelines for younger athletes have been developed to protect children from injury. The general guideline for how many pitches a child can safely throw each week is for both practice and competitive play:
- 75 pitches per week for 8-10 year olds
- 100 pitches per week for 11-12 year olds
- 125 pitches per week for 13-14 year olds
(This article originally appeared in TOC’s Summer 2019 Newsletter.)