Little league shoulder is an overuse injury, generally affecting kids ages 10-17. The growth plate in the humerus (shoulder) widens, causing pain, swelling and inability to perform throwing motions or other everyday activities. This condition is most often associated with young baseball, softball or tennis players, as the repetitive overhead motion places a lot of stress on this growth plate. If your son or daughter is diagnosed with little league shoulder, they most likely will have 6 weeks to three months off from throwing to recover.
How to prevent Little League shoulder?
● Follow recommended pitch counts (USA Baseball Pitch Smart)
● Follow recommended days off from pitching (USA Baseball Pitch Smart)
● Avoid pitching while the arm is tired or in pain
● Avoid pitching in multiple games on the same day
● Avoid playing pitcher/catcher in the same game/on the same day
● Take 2-3 continuous months off from throwing. Some younger ages, as much as 4 months off
● Avoid pitching on 3 consecutive days despite pitch counts
● Teach proper mechanics, and learn how to see signs of poor form
● Encourage multiple activity in multiple sports throughout the year
● Communicate – encourage your son or daughter to talk to you and their coach about how they feel