Baseball injury

Reducing Pitching Injuries in Youth Baseball

Biomechanics could be a game changer

More than two million youth put on their baseball gloves and caps each spring and head for the diamond to participate in America’s pastime. Sadly, a growing number of the pitchers among them will experience serious arm injuries.

There’s been a dramatic rise in surgical treatments since the 1990s that repair …

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Pitching technique

Improper Pitching Mechanics

Over use and technique result in Tommy John surgery

It’s been 18 months since the Nationals star pitcher Stephen Strasburg, 22,  underwent Tommy John surgery,, or reconstruction of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). Strasburg spent aa year on the disabled list, but now appears to be pitching as well as he did before the elbow …

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Pitching Injuries in Youth Baseball

Pitch counts and prevention

Baseball is among the safer sports for today’s youth. However, many of the serious injuries adult baseball pitchers suffer may have begun to develop in their youth. One of the missions of the USA Baseball Medical & Safety Advisory Committee is to provide scientifically-based information to its youth baseball members in an …

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USA Baseball Bat Rule Now in Effect for 2018 Season

New lighter bats mimic wood and may result in fewer injuries

Some time ago, we shared the news of an impending change in standards for bats used in youth baseball. The change, which went into effect January 1, 2018, was adopted by AABC, Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken, Dixie, Little League, and PONY. USSSA did not, but will …

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USABat Standard Adopted by Youth Baseball for 2018 Season

USA Baseball takes over bat-standard setting to preserve integrity of game

As the governing body of youth baseball, USA Baseball adopted a new bat standard for youth baseball ages 14 and under, effective January 1, 2018. USA Baseball assembled a bat study committee of leading scientists that conducted field and lab testing of bat performance to arrive …

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Lauren Haeger

UF Softball’s Great Bambina

Gator pitcher ties the Babe’s record

University of Florida senior Lauren Haeger tied Babe Ruth’s record of pitching at least 70 winning games and hitting at least 70 home runs. Nicknamed the Haeger Bomb, the Gator pitcher is a wildly popular player who boosted ESPN’s prime-time broadcast of the last three games of the Women’s College …

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MLB and Pitch Smart

MLB and USA Baseball Hit Home Run with Pitch Smart

Program aims to reduce youth pitching injuries

Major League Baseball and USA Baseball recently developed the Pitch Smart compliance program to help identify the youth baseball organizations that have adopted its principles and guidelines.  Pitch Smart offers players, parents and coaches guidelines on avoiding overuse injuries.

Organizations can be designated as being in “full compliance” or “select …

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Guardian Cap Helmet

Soft Cover Football Helmet Add-ons

Liability issues result in add-ons being banned

The Colorado High School Activities Association ruled that the helmet shell called the  Guardian Cap can’t be worn in games and that schools may void protection from helmet manufacturers’ warranties if they allow the use of such helmet shells during practices. Approximately 15 high school and youth teams in Colorado …

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Moneyball in Youth Baseball

Elite players at higher risk of injury

An interesting investigative article was published in South Florida Sun Sentinel about the upper echelons of youth travel baseball. Some of it’s subtitles and headers were Bidding Wars, Cutthroat Baseball, The Parent, Injuries, The Owners, The Prospect, The Wild West, and Big benefits/No guarantees.  Like it or not, travel …

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Dixie Boys Baseball

$14.5 Million Bat Settlement

Little League, Manufacturer, and Retail Chain settle lawsuit

The  parents of a New Jersey boy agreed to settle his lawsuit for $14.5 Million against Little League Baseball, Inc., the manufacturer for Louisville Slugger bats, and The Sports Authority. The injury occurred in 2006 during a youth baseball game where the plaintiff was pitching and struck in the …

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