Little League and adolescent throwers are as susceptible to many of the same stresses on their arms as adult players. Often, injuries that develop at a young age may become more serious as the player becomes older. However, certain precautions can be taken to prevent or minimize injuries.
The following are guidelines that parents and coaches should follow with this goal in mind:
|AGE||PITCHES PER GAME||PITCHES PER WEEK||PITCHES PER SEASON|
|9-10 years||50 pitches||75 pitches||1000 pitches|
|11-12 years||75 pitches||100 pitches||1000 pitches|
|13-14 years||75 pitches||125 pitches||1000 pitches|
1. Lyman S, Fleisig GS, Andrews JR and Osinski ED: Effect of Pitch Type, Pitch Count, and Pitching Mechanics on Risk of Elbow and Shoulder Pain in Youth Baseball Pitchers. American Journal of Sports Medicine 30:463-468 (2002)