Greeting to all.
Just found this foum and thought I would ask a question or two. First off, my son is 11 year old and is playing both league and travel ball. He plays alot of infield and pitches some as well. His league is going on now, with travel ball starting after the league is done. He plays twice a week, once during the week and once on Saturday.
He has pitched about 5 to 6 innings a week. Four one game and then one or two the following game later in the week. I have not tracked his pitch count, so I cannot tell you what that is. He goes to a facility 2 to 3 times a week and one of those days is strickly pitching mechanics that is being taught be both a former pro player and a college player. I have seen a jump in his velocity, but also a much more relaxed and smooth delivery. He is not complaining of any arm pain, but has said that his arm gets tired in the last inning of the 4 inning game.
He was told to ice the arm after the game, with 10 to 15 minutes on the shoulder and then 10 to 15 mins on the elbow, and to do this twice. After that, before bed he has been told to use IcyHot or something similar and rub it in at the shoulder and elbow to help loosen the tight muscles. Is this the proper way to care for the arm after a game? I am also looking for some arm exercised that he can do on the off days to help with strength and keeping the muscles in good working order.
i played thru high school and organized leagues, but never pitched. My dad told me once that he used Ben Gay after games and it ruined his arm, so I don’t want to do that with my son. I am not one of those parents that think he is going to make it to the big time, but want him to enjoy it as long as he can and be able to play without injury for as long as he can. So any advice would be most appreciated.
Sorry for the long post, but I just wanted to make sure I got all the info out there.
Thanks in advance for any information.