I wanted to get some help my 10 year old son who is a pitchers has currently mentioned he feels pain in his Tricep either when throwing long toss or just pitching. The pain is not immediate but after a period of time he also mentions it hurts only for a few hours after and then goes away. He receives plenty of rest between throwing at least a week and a half this started after taking two months off from any baseball activity. Any help would be appreciated.
Long toss is good for outfielders but not pitchers since the throwing motion is different. Having said that it would be doubtful that long toss would cause the problem. Can you describe which way the pitch rotates and whether his throwing palm ends facing up or down. Try ice to the triceps area after throwing for about 10 minutes and see if that helps.
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on Aug 26, 2015 8:21:32 GMT -6
Long toss exercise is fine for pitchers, particularly if they throw on a horizontal line (instead of a high arc). Send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like a copy of our 2011 scientific article that measured long toss biomechanics.
As far as your son's arm pain goes, it is good that you posted here. Let us know if he has ANY arm pain after the next time he throws. If he has some pain once again, then shut him down from all throwing until you can get his arm checked by a sports medicine physician. Let me know here or by email what city you live near if you want the recommendation of a doctor.
Arm pain in a young pitcher usually signals a minor injury that can be cured by rest, exercises, and perhaps change in mechanics. However playing through with a minor injury can lead to a serious injury, which we certainly want to avoid.
I have shut him down from all throwing activities for since the pain started. I am starting him on some resistance band work this week and then have him start up with some close range throwing and see how that feels for him with icing every night after.
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on Aug 26, 2015 12:01:23 GMT -6
There are several excellent sports medicine physicians in your area, particularly at Arizona Sports Medicine Center. If the pain comes back, bring your son to see Destin Hill, MD, there. Feel free to tell Dr. Hill that I recommended him for you.
Stretching exercises and massage therapy can help you to improve the flexibility of his palm. If it is practicing regularly, then massage therapy is the best way to relax your muscles and improve the motion. I used to get massage therapy once a month with the guidance of an expert in Dynamic physiotherapy and sports injury clinic in Burlington. It relaxes my muscle and reduced my leg pain. Stretching exercises also have the ability to increase the blood circulation of your body and thereby you can improve your postures and fitness.
So it has been a year since I posted about my Son and his tricep issue. Well it has seemed to have come back again and it is only now when he throws long toss, but as soon as he stops the pain goes away. I feel that it could be in his throwing mechanics but not sure since I have yet to see him throw. I was going to setup an appointment to see Dr. Hill ASMC to have him look at him, any ideas before I do that?