Due to the epidemic of elbow pain in the young throwing athlete, the USA Baseball Medical/Safety Advisory Committee has put together guidelines and recommendations for youth pitchers which include:
- No breaking pitches (curveball, sliders) until puberty, approximately age 13.
- Proper pitching mechanics and conditioning should be stressed
- Discourage youth from pitching for more than one team in a season
- Three-month rest period per year from overhead throwing activities
- No pitching in a game or practice after being removed from pitching in a game
|Age||Pitches Per Game||Pitches Per Week||Pitches Per Season||Pitches Per Year|
|Age||1 Day Rest||2 Days Rest||3 Days Rest||4 Days Rest|
|9-10||21-33 pitches||34-42 pitches||43-50 pitches||51+ pitches|
|11-12||27-34 pitches||35-54 pitches||55-57 pitches||58+ pitches|
|13-14||30-35 pitches||36-55 pitches||56-69 pitches||70+ pitches|
|15-16||30-39 pitches||40-59 pitches||60-79 pitches||80+ pitches|
|17-18||30-39 pitches||40-59 pitches||60-89 pitches||90+ pitches|
I hope the information here helps your Little Leaguers stay healthy and have a great season. But if elbow pain does occur, come see me and my staff at Mclean County Orthopedics and we will help get you back in the game!