Youth Pitching Injuries On The Rise!

Youth pitching injuries are on the rise, based on a 3 year study by Joseph Guettler, M.D. Despite pitching limits, serious injuries have risen to the point they are occurring 16 times more often than 30 years ago!

Based on the research, Dr Guettler surmised the following reasons for the increase:
1. Some pitchers pitched competitively for more than 8 months of the year
2. 40 percent pitched in a league without pitch counts or limits
3. Many pitched on back–to–back days or  more than one game in the same day.
4. one third pitched for more than one team in the same season

How to minimize the risk of injury to your child? Monitor their pitch count, technique and rest days. For more information on pitch count guidelines, click here.

Dr. Schmaltz provides quality chiropractic care for sports injuries. If you child is experiencing arm or shoulder pain, do not hesitate to call us at 314.731.4383 and schedule an evaluation. Dr. Schmaltz has had extensive training in sports injury and performance enhancement.