Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.
Baseball pitchers subject their bodies to an incredible level of stress during a session on the pitching mound. As pitch count increases among high school athletes and as pitchers begin throwing faster than ever before, pitching injuries are on the rise.
A new infographic from UPMC helps pitchers, parents, trainers and coaches track common pitching injuries and where they strike during the windup and release process. Today we’re sharing the full infographic below on the Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics Blog.
#1 Oblique Strains
The oblique muscle runs the length of the torso and helps the body rotate, making it essential to a pitcher’s delivery. Oblique strains typically involve six to eight weeks of recovery.
#2 Labral Tears
Also known as a Superior Labrum Anterior to Posterior or SLAP tear, this injury occurs when the labrum (the tissue that helps stabilize the joint) is injured; it is characterized by pain deep in the shoulder. Learn more about SLAP tears.
#3 Elbow Tendinitis
Tendinitis can affect multiple areas of a pitcher’s arm, but most commonly occurs in the elbow. Recovery time is based on severity, but athletes are typically able to return to a healthy status within a few weeks. Learn more about tendinitis.
#4 Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction (Tommy John Surgery)
This condition is a result of the repetitive use of the elbow. This procedure, which is named after professional pitcher Tommy John, can take up to one year to recover from. Learn more about UCL injuries and the changes in youth baseball that are causing a rise in UCL injury rates.
#5 Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
This injury occurs as a result of tissue in the rotator cuff being irritated from overuse or degeneration; it may result in difficulty fully rotating the arm without pain. Did you know that there are 56 cases of rotator cuff tears per day in Houston? Learn more about rotator cuff tendinitis and how to treat it.
Common Pitching Injuries Infographic
View the infographic below to learn more…
Baseball Injury In Houston? See a Sports Medicine Doctor
To find out how a sports medicine physician in Houston can help you with your pitching injury, schedule an appointment. Call Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics at (713) 756-5546, or schedule your next visit online.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.