Preventing, Diagnosing, and Treating Classic Little League Injuries
Children that play little league baseball are susceptible to orthopedic injuries in the elbow and shoulder. Throwing a baseball can put enormous strain and stress on the throwing arm, and in developing children and young adults, excessive stress can result in lasting injuries if left untreated.
In adults, the tendons and ligaments absorb the stress, but children and young adults will absorb the impact on the weakest part of the bone – the cartilage near the growth plate. The intensity and frequency of throwing a ball is directly related to how often these injuries occur, which is why pitchers are at the highest risk of a little league shoulder or elbow injury. Diagnosing these injuries promptly is the first step to proper treatment.