Did you know that since 2000, there has been a FIVEFOLD increase in the number of serious shoulder and elbow injuries among youth softball and baseball players? STOP Sports Injuries
According to the STOP Sports Injuries campaign, 20% of children ages 8 to 12 and 45% of those ages 13 to 14 will have arm pain during a single youth baseball season.
A study in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy in 2013 found that the most common impairments in young throwing athletes is range of motion loss and muscle weakness in the core, lower body and shoulder. Shanley et al, Int J Sports Phys Ther 2013
Did you know a recent study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine found in a survey of 200 pitchers, ages 8-18 that:
- 47% were encouraged to keep pitching despite complaining of arm pain
- 80% had pain the day after throwing
- 75% said pain limited how hard they could throw Makhni et al, Am J Sports Med 2014
Another study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine found that the risk factors for elbow and shoulder injury in the young athlete was playing in multiple leagues, the number of pitches thrown in a season, and pitching with fatigue. Olsen and Lyman, Am J Sports Med 2006
The Throwing Athlete Module will teach basic shoulder strengthening and stretches critical for performance in overhead/throwing sports as well as education on how coaches and parents can reduce future injury.