Is your player 1 in 400 in danger of growth plate and ligament injury?

The American Baseball Foundation Inc. has conducted thorough research that dates back to 1996. Through that research they have suggested an international classification system for youth baseball pitchers, ranging in age from eight to fourteen.

Using the system that is defined by pitch speed or by maximum throwing distance, a pitcher can identify his/her place as it relates to pitch speeds and throwing distances exhibited around the world.

If the youth’s data places him/her into a category that has been identified as 1 in 400 pitchers, then the danger to the growth plates of the pitcher exists due to the high levels of stress placed on the throwing elbow and the throwing shoulder, given the velocities attained by that pitcher.

If you are a 1/400 pitcher your growth plates and ligaments are at risk for injury. The need for surgery increases 36x if you have pain in the shoulder or elbow when pitching with a tired arm.

What’s the best way to stay out of danger?

  • Limit pitches per game by multiplying your age x 5, (e.g. 10 years old x 5 = 50 pitches per game.
  • Rest 72 hours after each appearance.
  • COMPLETE rest from throwing for 3 months each year.
  • Consider a long distance throwing program in the off-season.

Download the free Pitcher Protection Card with information about which players are at the greatest risk.


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