I’ve been trying to condition my arm for a couple weeks now by doing long toss and throwing some pitches every other day or so. I’ve yet to start working with weights or doing any kind of workout. After the first few days of throwing the ball (I haven’t thrown in probably 5 or 6 years minimum) I was throwing one day and my elbow started to really hurt, to the point that I couldn’t throw anymore and could hardly support my forearm…for instance, I had to hold my forearm in my other arm because it felt like my elbow was too tired or hurt too much to hold it up. After about an hour of not throwing it didn’t hurt like that anymore, but on both sides of my elbow when I felt around with my other hand, I would occasionally hit something and it would hurt. So I don’t know if the pain is in my elbow or if its surrounding my elbow…its hard to pinpoint. So I threw again the next day and after maybe 20 or 30 minutes of throwing, the pain came back, so I laid off for a few days. Yesterday I threw, and when I felt the pain starting to come back a little bit I quit throwing.
What I find interesting is that it happens even during long toss, not just when I’m pitching.
I guess my question is, is this normal for conditioning your arm after you haven’t really thrown in years? Is my arm getting used to throwing or is it a higher probability of being some arm issue? I know y’all are going to say get it looked at by a sports doctor…that’s not my question. My question is if this has happened to some of you after not throwing for a while. If its not normal, obviously I’ll go see a doctor but if its just my arm getting used to throwing again or if its something mechanically I can change I’d rather take that approach before going to a doctor.
Thanks a ton guys!