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Are You Elite? Little League Pitching Speed And Injury Risk

The Little League World Series is well underway now, and it’s interesting to note the peak pitching speed of some of the athletes. This article notes that several pitchers are in the 65mph to 75mph range and one player actually hit 81mph on one of his pitches in this year’s tournament.

But at what cost? There is an interesting database that puts young pitchers into various categories based upon age, pitching speed, and maximum distance on the throw. An observational study published a few years ago suggests that pitchers in the three standard deviation range or higher on the accompanying chart are “elite” and at risk for arm injury.

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Are Weighted Baseball Training Programs Safe And Effective?

Over the last several years baseball pitching at all levels from professionals to youth leagues has become increasingly dependent on pitch velocity and power.According to Pitch/FX data, the average fastball velocity in MLB has gone up each year since tracking began in 2008, from 90.9 MPH to 93.2 MPH in 2017. 

This intense focus on pitch velocity has resulted in the development of several speed enhancement programs.One of the most popular forms of speed enhancement programs utilizes underweight and overweight baseballs.In spite of the intense interest in this area there is very little high quality evidence that we can lean on. At this time we simply don’t have the answer to whether weighted baseball training programs are safe or effective.

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Little League Pitching Injuries: When You Absolutely Must See A Doctor

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D., President, Sideline Sports Doc Today I think there may have been the wrong kind of record set in my orthopedic practice: I saw a 9-year-old boy with Little League Shoulder. This is a record because prior to this the youngest player I had seen was a 10-year-old. This is a…

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