Preventing Little League Throwing Injuries

This is an exciting time of year as we look forward to longer warmer days to come. With this change in weather also comes an increase in outdoor activities. Pretty soon ballparks will be filled with little league baseball players excited for the upcoming season. Little league baseball is a sensational time that brings families and friends together to cheer on their favorite athletes. With the increased popularity of little league baseball, there is no surprise we are seeing an increased incidence of shoulder and elbow pain in the youth athlete. I want to share some tips with you to help your little leaguer have a pain free season. The number one cause of shoulder and elbow pain in the overhead throwing athlete is overuse. Athletes who pitched more than 100 innings per year were 3.5x more likely to be injured than those who pitched less than 100 innings. Adolescents who pitched more than 8 months per year were 5x more likely to be injured than those who pitched less. Pitchers who threw more than 80 pitches per game had almost 4x the risk of injury. The American Sports Medicine Institute shared some tips for coaches and parents to help prevent overuse injuries in the adolescent athlete. 1. Watch for signs of fatigue such as decrease in velocity, decreased accuracy, breakdown in throwing mechanics, and increased time between pitches. 2. Pitchers should not throw more than 100 innings in a calendar year. 3. Coaches should follow the pitch count rules. 4. Avoid pitching on multiple teams within the same season. 5. Learn good throwing mechanics as soon as possible 6. A pitcher should not play catcher for the same team. 7. Take 2-3 months off from overhead throwing each year. 8. If an athlete experiences pain while throwing have him evaluated by a medical professional in order to develop the proper treatment plan. images-3 2010 Pitch Count Guidelines according to Little League Baseball Regulations

AGE

        PITCHES/DAY

REST DAYS

7-8

50 pitches

               21-35 pitches  / 1 rest day

9-10

75 pitches

               36-50 pitches / 2 rest days

11-12

85 pitches

               51-65 pitches / 3 rest days   

13-14

95 pitches

             66+ pitches / 4 rest days

15-16

17-18

95 pitches

105 pitches

              31-45 pitches / 1 rest day

             46-60 pitches/ 2 rest days

             61-75 pitches/ 3 rest days

           76+ pitches/ 4 rest days

 

A Better You

There are many benefits to regular exercises besides looking good. Regular exercise has been shown to help control weight, combat health conditions and diseases, improve mood, boost energy, and promote better sleep. Strength training is particularly important because it helps reduce sarcopenia, which is the degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass (up to 1% per year) after the age of 25. Benefits of strength training not only involve building muscle and losing fat, but also increases the strength of bones. It also plays a role in rehabilitating from several different musculoskeletal conditions, such as knee osteoarthritis, chronic tendinopathy, and after hip replacement surgery. Another key component to exercise is coordination training, which is important for balance, agility, and stability. In order to obtain the above listed benefits the American College of Sports Medicine recommends training 2-3x per week.
We believe it is important to assess your movement quality prior to designing a program for you. This is why each client will receive a Functional Movement Screen (FMS) administered by a Doctor of Physical Therapy. The FMS is a series of seven movements designed to challenge mobility and stability within different movement patterns. The FMS aids in identifying movement asymmetries or imbalances which allows us to design the appropriate training program specific to each client.
Each session will include a dynamic warm-up, exercise instruction and demonstration, strength training, coordination training, and cool down. The program will be specific for each client’s needs/goals. We offer both individual and group classes. Class sizes will be limited to 6 per class in order to provide proper instruction. If you are looking to improve your performance or are just trying to become the best possible version of yourself Therapydia Nola is the place for you. Please call 504-224-9886 to schedule your appointment and let us help you achieve your fitness goals.

BACK HOME

I am glad to finally return to the place I call home. In 2004, I left NO and moved to St. Augustine, FL to pursue my goal of becoming a PT. It is a blessing to be able to do something I truly love. Harvey MacKay said, “Find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Unlike many of my friends, I knew what career path I would choose before stepping foot on campus. In high school, I was fortunate enough to be a counselor at Camp Sunshine. It is a camp for children with Muscular Dystrophy, which is a group of muscle diseases that weaken the musculoskeletal system and hamper locomotion. During my experiences at camp I realized my passion for working and connecting with others. Combined with an increasing interest of the human body and how it works led me to choose Physical Therapy as a career.
I have worked in many different settings including hospital outpatient setting, home healthcare, and private practice. Upon the completion of my Doctorate in Physical Therapy, I relocated to Birmingham, AL where I have been practicing outpatient orthopedics for the last 7 years. I was lucky enough to work with a number on interesting clients that encouraged me to improve daily both professionally and personally.
During my time in Birmingham, I met my beautiful and loving wife, Heidi. It is pretty amazing we lived in NO and Tampa at the same time prior to living in Birmingham and never met. After tying the knot in February of 2013, we decided to begin the process of returning home. Opening a clinic in New Orleans, had always been a dream of mine, but the right opportunity hadn’t presented itself until now. I was contacted by Therapydia with regards to becoming a clinic director in their flagship program. This definitely sparked my interest, could this be our way home? I was anxious to learn the ins and outs of the company: would it be the right fit? One of the greatest selling points was the company’s focus on patient satisfaction and one on one care. I have worked in clinics where I have treated three patients an hour it was manageable, but was it ideal? This coupled with the ability to implement my own wellness program within the clinic made the decision to join the Therapydia team.
I am excited to be back in the city I love. I look forward to the launch of Therapydia Nola a physical therapy and wellness clinic. Therapydia Nola offers one on one patient centered quality care. We look forward to helping you achieve your optimal level of health and wellness in 2014.