Post by theflush on Jan 28, 2016 7:22:16 GMT -6
Short version: About 2 hours after a 45 pitch pitching lesson, my 12.5 year old, definitely prepubescent son complained of dull pain on his inner elbow and inner forearm. He took ibuprofen and applied ice for 15 minutes before bed and woke up with no pain at all (other than a stomach bug). I will admit upfront that he is probably not stretching or otherwise warming up much other than 15-20 partial effort throws before pitching.
Question: Is this a take him to the sports med doctor immediately situation or more of a rest and monitor closely situation?
Last year he pitched 31 innings on his rec team from mid April through 3rd week of June, however those innings were a bit concentrated towards the second half of the 28 game season. He mostly played SS when not pitching. In his last game of the season, he experienced pain in his bicep at the end of his 3rd inning when he was pulled from the game. It might have been because he gave up a grand slam in a 4-3 loss that eliminated his team from the league tournament, but it was probably a bit of over use due to his pitching innings being concentrated towards the end of the season. We left for vacation the day after that game and took 2 weeks off from baseball. We did throw a ball that skips in the water while at the beach and he had no more bicep pain. He played on a summer community based travel team for 3 weekend tournaments and pitched less than 6 innings per weekend (I don't have actual data) and felt no pain. He played 3B and catcher when not pitching on this team. He is not an overly hard thrower (never been gunned), but usually has decent control. He typically throws fewer than 15 pitches per inning. He does throw a curve ball (pretty close to 12-6), but only to the best hitters on other teams and usually only once per good hitter. He last pitched competitively in mid July 2015. He pitched a few backyard bullpens through the end of August and then did not throw again until December. He played junior soccer in the fall and is currently on the 7th grade basketball team and plays a weekly futsal game. He started his first ever pitching lessons in early December. After 2 lessons he hurt his wrist (growth plate fracture) while playing basketball when a much bigger kid fell on top of him while they were diving for a loose ball. The orthopedist had him in a cast for 2 weeks and cleared him for return to basketball and pitching after 3 weeks. The recent inner elbow pain happened after the 3rd pitching session (2 lessons and 1 team session) since his return to throwing. He has not thrown any curve balls since his last backyard bullpen back in August. His team has been doing at home conditioning for the last 3 weeks that includes some band work, but not the full throwers ten set of exercises.
The pitching mechanics that his coach teaches seem pretty close to the Advanced Biomechanics of the Pitching Delivery on PlayBall.org. However I have not been able to take video of him to see how closely he actually matches those mechanics. I will try to do that soon. This coach focuses on command of 4seam, 2seam, and changeup and apparently really likes his changeup right now. In the past his changeup was much worse than his curve ball, so he threw the CB more often, but that could be changing.
Thanks for your help.