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Why are we experts at caring for young athletes who play baseball?
At the Sports Medicine Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado, we understand the physical demands of baseball players, also known as “throwing athletes.” When treating this highly vulnerable group of athletes, something as simple as shoulder pain can actually be caused by a multitude of injuries.
Because we understand the way kids grow, move and even the way they play ball, we’re able to diagnose injuries and develop a treatment plan to get your child back on the field. We also teach appropriate throwing patterns and correct throwing faults to help ensure a safe return to the sport.
What is baseball’s impact on the body?
The throwing motion in baseball can result in both acute and chronic injuries that change as the child ages. The growth plate is the most vulnerable tissue in younger throwers, resulting in injuries to the elbow (known as “little league elbow”) and the shoulder (known as “little league shoulder”). As the child achieves skeletal maturity, those injuries may progress to ligament, tendon or muscle injuries.
Injuries in baseball are not limited to the shoulder, however. Knee pain, particularly in catchers, and traumatic injuries may also occur.
Most of all, with the popularity of year-round training, overuse is becoming the main cause of injury, accounting for 50% of all injuries.
Who gets baseball injuries?
Both boys and girls are prone to shoulder and elbow injuries in baseball. The age of the athlete has a profound effect on the injuries. For example, little league elbow is most prevalent before skeletal maturity, around 14 years old. Little league shoulder is more prevalent from 11 to 17 years of age.
What are common baseball injuries and conditions?
At Children’s Colorado, we frequently see young baseball players with: