Post by mindfulcoach on Jan 6, 2014 7:56:33 GMT -6
I'm the coach of a 10U travel team. These boys have been together since they were 8. I've spent a lot of time reading these forums over the past year two years since before we began kid pitch. I've read the Position Statement and I follow it. My boys are currently in a three month period of no overhand throwing.
Last year, even after following the Position Statement (Nov-Jan no overhand throwing + pitch counts when we got back), one of my 7 pitchers developed pain in a muscle on the rear of his throwing shoulder at a tournament during a game. I pulled him and sat him out for the rest of the tournament. Afterwards, he went to see a doctor who said he had a "strained infraspinatus". On the advice of the doctor we rested him for 3 weeks and he (and the rest of the team) began a different stretching program prior to practice and we didn't have any more issues for the rest of the year.
Now I'm wondering what can be done to prevent that type of thing happening again this year? Is it advisable to get these boys on the Throwers Ten for the next 4 weeks before we begin practicing again in mid/late February? If so, how many sets and reps per day/week?
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on Jan 10, 2014 10:11:46 GMT -6
It is good to hear from a "mindful coach" interested in the safety and enjoyment of his players. It is important to realize that we cannot completely eliminate the chance of injury, but we can minimize the risk of injury. I will ask one of our strength and conditioning experts to post about pre-season exercise. Another factor to consider is pitching mechanics. Do you feel good about the mechanics of the injured boy and the others? Are you (or someone else) teaching them pitching mechanics?
My name is Cal Tinsley and I am the Director of Athletic Performance at Champion Sports Medicine. We work with Dr. Fleisig at ASMI, and he reached out to me regarding your post and wanted my input. We handle baseball player evaluations on a regular basis and I would love to help you with your programing. In order to answer your question fully I would need to talk to you over the phone. You are welcome to call CSM at (205)939-1557 and ask for me(Cal Tinsley) or Mike Ryan.
Post by mindfulcoach on Jan 12, 2014 12:18:33 GMT -6
Dr. Fleisig and Mr. Tinsley,
Thanks for getting back to me. Mr. Tinsley, I'll call you tomorrow.
Yes, these boys are being taught proper pitching mechanics and I feel good about the mechanics of the boy that got hurt. We have access locally to baseball specific facilities that are run by former professional baseball pitchers. My son and others on our team have taken many pitching lessons which specifically focused on mechanics from the age of 8. I've studied from books/camps/online and I'm satisfied that what these boys have been taught locally is in line with what I've studied. I teach/reinforce what I've learned from what has been taught to my son by these professionals.
Thanks a ton for your help and for making this information available to so many people through a great organization and forum.