Sami Khan, MD, from Resurgens Orthopaedics answers a reader’s question about shoulder injuries in young athletes.
Q: My son is a pitcher for his high school’s baseball team, and he also plays on a summer travel and a fall team. I am concerned about shoulder injuries he may develop from so much activity. What can we do to keep my son’s shoulder in good condition?
A: Shoulder injuries in young athletes are from overuse. Families and coaches must keep a total pitch count to monitor the number of throws per game. Pitchers should also do a home exercise program to strengthen the rotator cuff. Lastly, it is important to work with the coaching staff to ensure that your son has proper throwing mechanics, including throwing over the top instead of “side arming.”
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