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CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA
Children's Health Tip of the Day - June 17, 2009
With little league season in full swing, orthopaedic surgeons are pitching the idea of limiting the number of balls your young rookie throws. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says that throwing too many fastballs, curveballs and sliders can result in "little league elbow."
Causes of little league elbow
Little league elbow is a growth plate injury of the inner elbow. It is caused by repetitive throwing, which weakens the cartilage in the elbow and causes it to pull apart from the arm bone.
More young children are suffering from little league elbow
Little league elbow is on the rise, say doctors, because of year-round training, higher intensities at young ages, longer competitive seasons, and improper conditioning and training. The AAO reminds parents that children’s bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons are still growing, which makes them more susceptible to injury, particularly from overuse.
Signs of little league elbow
Symptoms of little league elbow is pain at the inner elbow, which may be severe. The pain may be accompanied by swelling, redness and warmth.
What to do when elbow pain occurs
If your little leaguer is experiencing elbow pain, he should stop throwing immediately, apply ice for 15 minutes, and wrap the elbow in a bandage or compression sleeve. Continued pain warrants a trip to the doctor to determine the extent of the injury.
If caught early, little league elbow can usually be treated with rest, ice and compression wraps. However, if the injury to the growth plate is more severe, a cast may be necessary. On rare occasions, the injury is severe enough to warrant surgery.
How to prevent little league elbow
To help your child avoid elbow injury, the USA Baseball Medical & Safety Advisory Committee recommends:
- Count the pitches. While most league guidelines state a maximum of four to 10 innings per week, the Committee suggests a better way to prevent injury is to count the pitches, not the innings. Keep kids between 9 and 14 years old to 75 pitches per game and 600 pitches per season.
- Limit leagues. Pitchers should not be allowed to circumvent pitch limits by participating in more than one league at a time.
- Use proper style and form. Seek professional training so that the throwing form is correct; always warm up before throwing.
- No sliders or curveballs allowed. Young pitchers should utilize the fastball and change-up exclusively. Until age 14, the athlete’s hand usually isn’t big enough to properly grip the ball for a slider or curveball, causing them to twist the wrist and elbow to get the proper rotation. This increases the stress on the inner elbow growth plate and increases the risk of injury.
- No playing through the pain. Do not let a child pitch in pain; remove him from the game immediately to reduce the risk of further – or permanent – injury.
QYBA Families & Friends
Effective July 1, 2015 new legislation was enacted to help protect children from abuse and neglect. Any volunteer (head or assistant coach) responsible for the welfare of children or having direct contact with children will be required to have appropriate clearances. Therefore, any individuals interested in coaching in QYBA will need to obtain the necessary clearances to meet Pennsylvania laws. The league will be maintaining records and ensure the coaches adhere to the law.
Once the clearances are obtained they are good for a period of three years. Any volunteer who has valid clearances can submit a copy to QYBA.
All volunteers will need to complete the following:
Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check (SP4-164) through the PA state police. You can print the Pennsylvania State Police form or complete the clearance online.
Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (CY113). You can print the PA Child Abuse form or complete online.
- Effective July 25, 2015 fees for the Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance have been waived for nonpaid volunteers.
FBI Fingerprint check is to be completed if an individual has not lived in Pennsylvania for the past 10 years. Information on this procedure can be found at http://www.dhs.pa.gov/citizens/clearancesbackgroundchecks/.
- Volunteers that have lived in the state of Pennsylvania for the past 10 years will need to swear in writing that there are NO criminal offenses against the individual. The form should be printed, signed, and submitted.
- If an FBI fingerprint check is required, a $27.50 fee will accompany this clearance.
Additional information can be found regarding the new legislation and all of the necessary clearances at http://www.dhs.pa.gov/findaform/childabusehistoryclearanceforms/index.htm or http://keepkidssafe.pa.gov/index.htm.
Completed clearances are to be received to before the first team practice:
PO Box 28
Quakertown, PA 18951
Contact Laks Padmanabhan with any questions regarding clearances at firstname.lastname@example.org