My 14 year old son is a hard throwing pitcher who recently hit 83-85 mph on the gun. He is also a shortstop that plays baseball nine months a year and I am very careful about not allowing him to exceed the recommended pitch count for his age. He has a great work ethic, using Jobe type surgical tube exercises, and he has a very knowledgeable pitching instructor who teaches Tom Houses mechanics. He has not been allowed to throw a curve ball until recently( 6 months after his 14th birthday).
I was advised that, even though he has not experienced any shoulder pain, but because of his velocity, that it would be a good idea for him to have an MRI of his shoulder to detect any developing problems that might manifest itself at a later time. He is starting high school and I want him to stay healthy in general, and specifically, as a pitcher.
Is there any usefulness in having an MRI performed at this time? What can we do to insure the health of his arm throughout high school and beyond?
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on Sept 20, 2005 8:31:57 GMT -6
Is there any usefulness in having an MRI performed at this time? According to sports medicine surgeons we work with, there is no reason for your healthy, asymptomatic son to have an MRI at this time.
What can we do to insure the health of his arm throughout high school and beyond? Byron, by your first paragraph above, it sounds like you and your son are taking all of the right steps to minimize the risk of injury.