Athletes and Injuries: Pitchers

It is baseball season and that means young players everywhere are trying to play like the major leaguers.

That is tremendous but parents and especially coaches must be aware that throwing a baseball in competition carries with it an inherent risk of injury.

It can be avoided but care and attention must be taken with young arms.

Some soreness after pitching is completely normal.

A pitcher should ice his arm after a game and you can also use over the counter anti-inflammatory medicine to help recovery.

Remember, there is a big difference between normal soreness and pain.

If discomfort continues after 48 hours, see your family doctor who should refer you to an orthopedic surgeon.

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