Elbow Injuries Still Common among Young Baseball Pitchers

Standards designed to limit pitch counts for young baseball pitchers are not working as intended, says Jason Zaremski of UF’s College of Medicine. “As you look at large-scale studies, it is clear the injury rates, particularly at the high school level and younger, are not decreasing.”

Given this reality, Zaremski and co-authors of an editorial in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine have called for a reassessment of risk factors for these elbow injuries. They suspect that the lack of improvement in injury rates may be due in part to the focus on increased pitching velocity in the past decade, which puts increased torque and stress on young arms.

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