“The kid’s got a good arm” — we’ve all heard that expression. More and more children are in throwing sports, including baseball, and we’ve got take care of all those good arms, shoulders and elbows.
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As I see more throwing injuries, here’s the advice I give to parents and coaches:
1. Recognize the injury. When a child is hurt, it’s important to pull him or her out of game play and practice right away. Don’t let injuries, especially those from repeated motion like throwing, become worse with continued play.
2. Identify the source of pain. Figuring out what is causing the pain is important to keep from re-injury. If the pain is severe or not resolving within several days, be sure to take the child to see a doctor or medical professional.
3. Don’t make the same mistakes. After a child recovers, be sure you spend time retraining in how to throw so the injury doesn’t recur. This might also mean decreasing the amount of throwing a child does as well as working on how he or she throws.
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