I’m a newbie and worst still, didn’t play much ball in my day, so I am truely clueless. My son is 11 and as we started to warm up for the upcoming season, he is experiencing pain everytime we try to throw, which is 3 times now. We start up, everthing is fine, throwing light and loose and as soon has he tries to turn it up, even just a little, elbow and forearm pain (on a scale of 1 - 10 about a 6). We are not talking about pitching here, just basic throwing mechanics.
After an episode, we would ice and rest a few days. Pain now back to 0, start throwing, everything is ok, tries to turn it up a little, back to ice and rest. This has happened 3 times in the the last 2 weeks. We threw this past Saurday and his pain went up to a 6 so we stopped, iced etc. And then yesterday, Sunday I decided to try to capture his mechanics on video. He said his pain was down to a 2 and he felt ok to thow a little. So the video you will see is about his 7th throw which shot up his pain level to about a 7. He didn’t even try to throw that hard. I am assuming his basic mechanics are highly flawed. What is he doing wrong? And what changes does he need to make as well as exercises can he do to improve his strength so this won’t happen again?
I humbly ask you for advice on what to do.
Here’s his video, he describes the pain and it’s locations at the end.
- WORTH NOTING - Had major pinky pain 2 weeks ago, x-rays taken and all checks out.
**WORTH NOTING - Had exam and x-rays of elbow last week, everything checks out.
***WORTH NOTING - This past fall he had an episode when he was at practice. He had no pain at all and started to throw with his partner. His throws were going in the dirt and his arm started to hurt. Told his coach he wanted to sit out because his arm hurt, coach says yes, and just for the heck of it, he throws again and his arm “cracks back in place” (my sons words) and everything is FINE… Goes on to play all practice with no problems.
This is the reverse of a lot of things I read. A weird occurance at best. Took him to the sports doc he did a bunch of range of motion tests and everything checked out ok.