Rehabilitation programs and prevention strategies in adolescent throwing athletes.

Edward G McFarland, Mary Lloyd Ireland

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A specific and early diagnosis must be made in the injured skeletally immature throwing athlete. A well-outlined program of rest, rehabilitation, and proper throwing techniques should be implemented and continued. Overuse injuries are preventable when biomechanics are sound and pitch counts are done with the limits enforced. Guidelines for inning limits, number of pitches, rest intervals, and throwing programs should be followed for adolescent pitchers because adolescents differ from adults. Information is included for specifications of the ball and helmet, as well as chest protective equipment. The goal should be for the Little League players to have fun and be injury free as they are competing, which gives them the best experience and allows continuation of athletic activities for a lifetime.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-42
Number of pages6
JournalInstructional course lectures
Volume52
StatePublished - 2003

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Rehabilitation programs and prevention strategies in adolescent throwing athletes. / McFarland, Edward G; Ireland, Mary Lloyd.

In: Instructional course lectures, Vol. 52, 2003, p. 37-42.

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