Too many curveballs can leave a young elbow a strike away from disaster

Does your little leaguer throw curve balls in a game or when just having a catch? If so you should know…it’s dangerous! More and more kids are seriously injuring their elbows. Young elbows are barely mature enough to handle the stress from too much throwing in general. Throw in, no pun intended, the unorthodox stress placed on the ligaments and you have a “long term lingering end careering type of injury” in the making.

The word of curve ball damage has been out long enough that we should be reversing the trend of letting our kids throw curveballs but it’s not…actually it’s gaining momentum. Today, doctors are performing more “Tommy John” surgeries on young athletes than professionals. That is over alarming. We have a crisis in the bullpen!!

Major league pitching coaches recommend that young pitchers start throwing curve balls around their junior year in high school, at the earliest. Not just because it’s dangerous, but it’s more important to master location and change ups first. They are the bread and butter of any star pitcher’s repertoire. Without them, curves balls arn’t effective.

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