I have a 10 y/o son who is pitching for the second year. He started at 9 years old. Had success but seemed susceptible to pain. He started with shoulder bursitis dx by an orthopod and a week of rest helped. He also learned he cannot throw pitches everyday and cannot throw pitches without adult supervision. (the ortho also told him he is not allowed to pitch with pain until he is at least 25 years old and making $2 million a year. As a pediatrician an assist coach I tell my patients and players that.) This spring he pitched but developed pain behind is scapula and shut down the rest of the season while strengthening things. He is playing fall baseball and after pitching in a game, one inning multiple walks, high to his throwing hand side, he played catcher the next day then the following day complained of anterior shoulder "cramping". Working with a local professional coach he is learning to keep his hips closed and follow through correctly. Then he throws pain free. He asked me why other kids his age throw with incorrect technique and they do not get hurt while he does. He seems to have good arm speed he throws a lot harder than all but one player on his team. Does the arm speed magnify the stress from his hips opening too soon? I have my reservations about him playing catcher in a game he pitches. He likes to catch but being a lefty it is easy to steer him toward 1st base.
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on Sept 19, 2007 14:11:20 GMT -6
I think you are on track. One option is to steer your son to firstbase for now; he can always move to another position in a couple of years. Another option is to get his pitching mechanics evaluated in a biomechanics lab. What city do you live near?
Rob, here are some things I did with my sons, they all pitched,played on teams that traveled and one played in college and the wosrt arm injury we had was tendonitis. 1. make sure your son is conditioned to pitch-if he does not play other sports and then uses his are for pitching he will always be sore and fatigued and with fatigue comes injury if nothing else he should throw and run year round a couple of times a week so he can build arm and leg strenght- we swam in the winter - 2. warm up properly- , throw some lightly and then strecth him out and then throw again and work out to a long distance, make sure he is using he legs on the long throws and then work back to a shorter distance make sure he is using his legs on his throws. 3. mechanics-not just pitching mechanics- normal throw and catch- it sounds as if his soreness comes form poor mechanics that is placing too much stress on his arm both in the acceleration and de-acceleration of the throw-learn as much as you can about throwing mechanics and remember pitchers pitch with their legs as much as with their arms Finally- being left handed he will have more opportunites to play and pitch, find a coach/former player that is left handed to work with him if you can and stay away from catching-the motions between pitching and catching is too different and the is no future for left handed catchers, work at first base and the outfield and his hitting Eric
thanks for the replies I have my son working on his technique with every throw no matter when or where. As for catching I have discussed it with him. He likes to catch and is one of the few at his age who are both willing and able. Pitching and catching in the same game is out and if he decides to pitch this weekend and does well I may prod him to give up catching. First base is his favorite.
He does a good warm up with running, stretching, Jobe's then throwing drills. I added some litle wall push-ups to help his arms/shoulders warm up. Once fall ball ends ice hockey starts so that provides a few months away from baseball and good leg conditioning.
I have an eight year old son ( little league age will be 8 this spring)who throws abnormally hard. This past spring and summer he was consistently breaking 50 mph and occassionaly higher. Its a little intense. my question is, is he at greater risk of injury because he throws so hard at such a young age? Is he putting to much stress on his arm by throwing so hard.