Arm injury prevention programs can go a long way to keep players healthy and pain free during their competitive season.
WASHINGTON — New research shows arm injury prevention programs can go a long way to keep players healthy and pain-free during their competitive season — be it Little League or high school varsity.
Researchers in Greenville, South Carolina followed 143 pitchers with a median age of 15.7 years old. About half participated in a preseason training program and logged significant improvements in arm strength and flexibility.
More importantly, those with a history of injuries were four times less likely to get hurt again.
Dr. Nailah Coleman, a pediatric sports medicine specialist with the Children’s National Health System, is a supporter of the concept and says “all athletes would benefit from preseason training.”
She says the most common type of injuries seen in young pitchers are elbow strains and damage to the bursa in the shoulder, and those types of injuries spike as the baseball season gets underway in the spring.