(This is the 5th and final post of a 5 part series on the major causes of pitching arm injuries.)
Overuse. Throwing too many pitches without the proper rest and recovery in between starts or pitching outings.
There is absolutely no excuse for this one.
Coaches this is absolutely YOUR responsibility.
If you ask any kid if they can pitch most will not tell their coach no even if their arm is killing them. I know I have been there.
That is why it is even more critical that we keep pitch counts.
The pitchers health and well-being is always more important than winning a game.
If there is even the slightest question then take them out.
Every pitcher is different in strength and conditioning, arm fatigue and how long it takes to recover.
Coaches get to know your pitchers. Make sure you see the warning signs long before fatigue turns into an injury.
Pitchers be honest with your coaches. There is not one single game worth ruining your whole pitching future over.
Here again is the recommended guidelines. I wholeheartedly agree. It is better safe then sorry.
|Age (yrs)||2006 USA Baseball Guidelines||2010 Little League Baseball Regulations|
|13-14||125/wk; 1000/season; 3000/yr|
|11-12||100/wk; 1000/season; 3000/yr|
|9-10||75/wk; 1000/season; 2000/yr|
|7-18||21-35 pitches –> 1 day rest;
36-50 pitches –> 2 days rest;
51-65 pitches –> 3 days rest
66- pitches –> 4 days rest
Make Sure you pass this along to any coach or player that needs a little guidance.
With Baseball season quickly approaching we need to remind ourselves and our pitchers that preventing arm injuries starts with each and every one of us.