If you love America’s favorite pastime, then you’re probably all too familiar with the story: an all-star youth or young adult has nothing but promise ahead of him; he’s playing shut out games—then it happens. An injury. He’s out for the rest of the season (at the very least), and will probably face surgery.
But what if it didn’t have to be this way?
Prevention is the best medicine to prevent baseball injuries, so start by following these 5 tips to prevent injury before it happens:
- Always warm up properly by stretching vulnerable tendons and ligaments in your arms. At Addison Sports Clinic, we can show you alternative stretching techniques that will greatly decrease your risk of injury.
- Avoiding over-pitching. This is especially important for parents of young players to keep in mind: be sure that your child’s or teen’s coach is adhering to age-appropriate guidelines of maximum pitches per game. And while it can be tempting for a coach to use his best pitcher in a double header or in games played on consecutive days, insist that players are rotated.
- Communicate about shoulder or arm pain that is just beginning, and never pitch when you are experiencing pain. While winning the game may seem to trump discomfort when it’s tied at the bottom of the ninth, remember that no single game is worth winning if it means you’re out for the rest of the season.
- Rotate playing positions when possible, and avoid playing year-round to give your body time to recover and rest. Not only will playing multiple sports increase your overall skill development, but choosing not to play on multiple teams with overlapping seasons is a vital step in injury prevention.
- Practice good pitching mechanics and accuracy. Maintaining accurate pitching techniques is synonymous with good control: without control, you are setting yourself up for injury. Work with pitching coaches, and record yourself on video so you can be your own critic.
If you areinjured, don’t hesitate to get a second opinion if your doctor immediately recommends surgery. At Addison Sports Clinic, we focus on modern techniques that get to the root of the problem, and I have an impressive record of patients achieving complete recovery without surgery and without drugs.
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