During this injury, the ligament attached to the inner side of the elbow begins to pull one of the growth plates away from the rest of the bone. Since the bones are still growing, the growth plates are weak and susceptible to injury. Certain types of throwing may lead to this condition, such as:
Throwing too hard and too often
Increasing the number of pitches per week too quickly
Throwing too many curves or sliders at a young age
Changing to a league where the pitcher's mound is farther away from home plate or the mound is elevated
Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness. American Academy of Pediatrics: Risk of injury from baseball and softball in children.
Throwing injuries in the elbow in children. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Ortho Info website. Available at: ...(Click grey area to select URL) Updated April 2011. Accessed November 15, 2017.
Why counting pitches counts. The National Athletic Trainers' Association website. Available at: ...(Click grey area to select URL) Published October 28, 2014. Accessed November 15, 2017.
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