Baseball injury prevention tips:
• Warm up properly by stretching, running, and easy, gradual throwing.
• Rotate playing other positions besides pitcher.
• Concentrate on age-appropriate pitching.
• Adhere to pitch count guidelines.
• Avoid pitching on multiple teams with overlapping seasons.
• Don’t pitch with elbow or shoulder pain. If the pain persists, see a doctor.
• Don’t pitch on consecutive days.
• Don’t play year-round.
• Never use a radar gun.
• Communicate regularly about how your arm is feeling and if there is pain.
• Develop skills that are age-appropriate.
• Emphasize control, accuracy and good mechanics.
• Master the fastball first and the change-up second, before considering breaking pitches.
• Speak with a sports medicine professional or athletic trainer if you have any concerns about baseball injuries or baseball injury prevention strategies.
SOURCE: Stop Sports Injuries
Maximum pitch counts
• Pitches per game: 50
• Pitches per game: 75
• Pitches per game: 85
• Pitches per game: 95
• Pitches per game: 105
SOURCE: Little League Baseball