Protect Yourself from Throwing Injuries This Spring

Sports InjuriesIt’s no secret that from a physiological point of view, continually throwing balls as hard as possible is extremely rough on a person’s arms.  In fact, in terms of encouraging injuries, it’s probably one of the most damaging forms of exercise someone could do.  Few activities can cause more sports injuries more quickly.

However, of course, that’s not going to stop millions of baseball, basketball, and US football enthusiasts from throwing balls around anyway.  With spring training on the horizon, it’s important for all athletes to do whatever they can to protect their arms and shoulders.

Preventing Sports Injuries When Throwing

Limit the number of pitches.

While there are no limits in Major League baseball, both Little League and some Minor Leagues put hard limits on how many pitches can be thrown in a game or season.  Even if you’re playing for fun, you should follow the same guidelines.  More than around 100 throws in a single day is risking injury in a late teen or adult.

Take lengthy breaks.

There are similar guidelines involving days of rest after a day of heavy throwing.  It is not a good idea to practice pitching or any other form of throwing day after day.  After an intense day of throwing, a day or two off will help protect the arms.

Active throwers are also encouraged to take it easy during the offseason.  The arm must be given opportunities to heal, or it may wear out quickly.

Rotate positions.

Another good way to avoid sports injuries is to play more than a single role on the field.  Players who exclusively pitch or catch will face far more long-term difficulties in their arms than players who spend time fielding or serving other roles.

Never throw when there’s already pain.

Some exercises fall into the category of “no pain, no gain” but pitching isn’t one of them.  A thrower who continues to throw when their arm already hurts is simply compounding the damage done.

Need more advice?  Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions about proper sports safety.

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