Photo: Perfect Game

Throwing Guidelines

General : : General
Kevin Barr        
Published: Friday, July 27, 2012

There is growing epidemic of injuries to the throwing arm and the number one risk factor is year round baseball. Pitch count guidelines will serve as the cornerstone of injury-prevention in youth baseball. The goal is to educate parents and coaches." -- Dr. James R. Andrews, M.D.

Throwing Guidelines

•  Develop & maintain proper throwing mechanics. Improper throwing mechanics increase force at shoulder & elbow.

•  Do NOT pitch with persistent shoulder or elbow pain. See medical professional if pain not resolved within 5 days.

•  Warm-Up to throw. Do NOT throw to Warm-Up

•  De-emphasize winning. High pitch counts & early use of breaking pitches to “win” increases injury risk.

•  Avoid year-round baseball. No throwing for 3 months between seasons to allow throwing-arm to recover.

•  Follow rest guidelines between outings.

•  Number of pitches more important than number of innings for determining rest.

•  Proper rest & recovery allows adaptation by muscles, tendons, ligaments, connective tissue, cartilage, & bone.

•  Follow maximum pitch count guidelines. Direct correlation between high pitch-counts & shoulder / elbow injuries.

•  Avoid throwing breaking pitches until 14-16 years old or until athlete begins shaving.

•  Ignore radar gun readings. Young pitchers overthrow to impress scouts, which increases risk of arm injuries.

•  Overthrowing pitches to gain velocity is mechanically inefficient & predisposes arm to injury.

•  Avoid pitching in multiple leagues.

•  Do NOT practice pitching after pitched game.

•  Do NOT copy mechanics or conditioning programs of MLB players.

•  Do NOT throw overweight or underweight baseballs, which alter throwing mechanics.

•  Avoid baseball pitching & football passing during same season. Baseball pitching & football passing require different throwing mechanics.

To receive unlimited one-year membership access for $50.00 to TheBBR, please visit the page shown in the URL below and enter the coupon code
PG2012. http://thebbr.com/athletic-development-program-sign-up.html

Recent Related Articles
Happy Holidays from Perfect Game
Perfect Game would like to wish all of the players, coaches, families, friends, partners and alumni a Happy Holiday Season an... READ 
2016 Perfect Game MLB Team
NL MVP Kris Bryant of the World Series champion Chicago Cubs was one of several former Perfect Game participants who shined a... READ 
PG on MLB Network Radio
PG All-American Classic Honorary Chairman Trevor Hoffman will be one of several guests on MLB Roundtrip with Perfect Game on ... READ 
Most Viewed Related Articles
PG and Korked Baseball team up
PG is proud to partner with Korked Baseball, a Lifestyle Baseball brand, to personify the game of baseball which includes the... READ 
PG on MLB Network Radio
PG All-American Classic Honorary Chairman Trevor Hoffman will be one of several guests on MLB Roundtrip with Perfect Game on ... READ 
2016 Perfect Game MLB Team
NL MVP Kris Bryant of the World Series champion Chicago Cubs was one of several former Perfect Game participants who shined a... READ 
 



Keywords in this article
       Player Profile Page    Event Page
About Perfect Game :: Contact us :: Site Map
Copyright 1994-2017 by Perfect Game. All rights reserved. No portion of this information may be reprinted or reproduced without the written consent of Perfect Game.