UCL injury prevention

Hi I am 14 years old and I’m 5’10" and I weigh 195lbs. I pitch at 60’6" and I throw around 65. I throw a fastball, changeup, curveball and I’m working on a splitter. Not 100% sold on that though. A lot of kids from my area are having elbow issues involving their UCL. Personally I’m worried. I don’t want anything to do with tommy john or any elbow injury. Any UCL strengtheners or stretches would be greatly appreciated. Also any other good arm stretches or strengtheners or stretches would be appreciated. If anyone has any other tips that would be appreciated also. I love baseball too much to not play. Yes I would say if I was injured but no injury at all is a lot better.

There are no guarantees. But there are things you can do that would seem to help you avoid injuries. First, the sports-med folks are claiming overuse and pitching while fatigued are the biggest causes of injuries to young pitchers. So that should probably be the first thing to look at. Then there’s things like having efficient mechanics/sequencing/timing, proper technique, limited numbers of breaking pitches, good conditioning, good nutrition, proper warm-ups, etc.

There is a tool I used in my rehab from TJ that I found very useful. It helps strengthen all the muscles in your elbow around your UCL. Here is a link to it: http://www.optp.com/BOING_414B.aspx

What do you mean by in your area? Like kids on the same team as you or kids that have the same Coaches and or instructors?

The advice Roger gave is spot on.

Another factor is just plain genetics, some people simply can’t handle the stress of throwing a Baseball.


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