Overuse injuries of the shoulder and elbow are common and typically occur when a player throws too many pitches in one day or does not rest between sessions.
“Baseball players at high risk for injury include those who play more than eight months out of the year, pitch on multiple teams, don’t follow recommended league pitch counts or rest days, and have improper throwing mechanics,” said Will Montgomery, PT, DPT, Saint Joseph Hospital, Lexington. “Young athletes looking to advance frequently specialize in a single sport. Yet these athletes are more likely to be injured, are limited to the skill set developed with one sport, and are more likely to develop burnout.”
Montgomery recommends physical therapy to help reduce pain, improve range of motion, build strength and identify abnormal or asymmetrical movement patterns.