Protecting Young Ams
Your athlete's health is more important and one more strike, out, inning, or victory.
Knowing the Risk Factors
Understand how each of these factors increase the likelihood of injury.
80+ Pitches in a game
Pitching 8+ months in a year
Pitching 100+ innings in a year
Playing catcher and pitcher
Evidence of Overuse
These stats lead to the ever-increasing number of Tommy John surgeries per year.
Leagues without pitch counts or limits
Pitchers that pitch on consecutive days
Pitching on multiple teams w/ overlapping seasons
Pitch multiple games in the same day
Pitch competitively for 8+ months in a year
Pitch Count Limits & Required Rest
Understand the workload limits we set for our pitchers to limit the likelihood of pitching with fatigue. Research has shown that pitch counts are the most accurate and effective means of doing so.
Understanding the Pitch Smart Program
Learn from the experts about the Pitch Smart program protects young arms.
Dr. Andrews of the American Sports Medicine Institute discusses the risk factors involved in youth baseball that can lead to injuries
Watch for signs of fatigue during a game, during a season, and over the whole year. The American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) found that adolescent pitchers who undergo elbow or shoulder surgery are 36 times more likely to have routinely pitched with arm fatigue.
Dr. Fleisig, Dr. Andrews and Brian Cashman discuss the importance of pitch counts in keeping pitchers healthy
Daily, weekly and annual overuse is the greatest risk to a youth pitcher's health. Numerous studies have shown that pitchers who throw more pitches per game and those who do not adequately rest between appearances are at an elevated risk of injury. Pitch count programs have been shown to reduce the risk of shoulder injury in Little League Baseball by as much as 50% (Little League, 2011). The most important thing is to set limits for a pitcher and stick with them throughout the season.