Of course, you trust your kid’s baseball pitching coach. But it never hurts to also keep count yourself. Be your kid’s advocate in injury prevention. Read up on easy pitching and rest guidelines for any youth baseball by CLICKING HERE. Brought to you by Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates
Has your little leaguer or high school athlete started spring baseball? Prevent overuse baseball injuries with a few simple tips. Warm up! Stretch, warm up laps and easy, gradual throwing are a must. Consider a throwing program, to get your pitcher in top shape for the throwing season. Avoid pitching on multiple teams with overlapping seasons. Stress to your athlete to tell coach and parents if their arm is in pain. If injured after regular office hours, come by Tulsa Bone & Joint’s Urgent Care at the BA Expy and Hwy 169 TBJurgentcare.com
Drs. Tony Jabbour and Wes Stotler offer a few tips for your young athletes.
- Check equipment: Kids grow quickly! It may have been a few months since they laced up their cleats or put on that lacrosse helmet. Check gear for proper fit and any wear and tear. And break in those shoes before practice or games to avoid blisters.
- Inspect field conditions: Inspect the field for debris and divots. Uneven playing surfaces increase the risk of non-contact injuries such as ankle sprains or ACL tears.
- Proper cool down: Stretching after workouts is a must. Muscles that haven’t been used in a while will likely be sore. For example, a baseball player’s throwing arm might be tight after dribbling a basketball all season. Stretch before and after training to prevent muscle strain.