Are there any plans for recommendations to reduce the number of arm injuries. Most people can see from the statistics that pitch count alone is not working to reduce the number of arm injuries in baseball pitchers. Most parents and coaches are aware of the guidelines saying that a young player can theoretically reduce their risk of arm injury by reducing the number of pitches thrown, taking time off from throwing altogether, not pitching when the arm is sore or tired, training appropriately to strengthen the entire body and learning proper mechanics. What is the next step because based on all of the studies most people around the game of baseball can agree that what we are doing is not working?
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on May 30, 2017 10:23:05 GMT -6
I'm glad you asked. MLB and USA Baseball have teamed together to try to tackle the problem in both professional and amateur baseball. For amateur baseball (youth through college), please check out www.pitchsmart.org . There is a wealth of scientifically-based information there, as well as listings of which organizations are coming onboard.
For professional baseball, MLB and the Players Association are collaboratively funding prospective research to determine risk factors and injury prevention of pitching injuries, particularly Tommy John injuries. This research is underway, and will take a few more years.