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Pain-Free Pitching: Former MLB Athletic Trainer’s Tips For Shoulder Care

It's not just professional baseball players who need to worry about shoulder injuries. They can affect the well-being and enjoyment of children and youth who play recreational baseball as well. A former MLB head athletic trainer offers advice to young players on shoulder health.

C. David Geier, Jr. (Orthopedic Surgeon): Helped Lacrosse Player Win State Title

In recognition of April as National Youth Sports Safety Month, MomsTeam asked 30 experts in 2012 to write a blog answering two questions: first, how or why did they get into their field, and second, how have they made a difference in the life of a youth athlete in the past year.

Today, we hear again from Dr. David Geier, an orthopaedic sports medicine surgeon and Director of Sports Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina.

By C. David Geier, Jr, MD

An orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine doctor talks about helping a young lacrosse player return to the field in time to help his team win the state championship.

Stretching Reduces Risk of Shoulder Injuries In Young Pitchers

A big difference between the forward range of motion of the throwing and non-throwing shoulder increases injury risk.  Here is a simple test to identify such difference and a stretching exercise to keep the shoulder balanced.

Pitching Injuries: Risk Factors

If your child is a pitcher, he/she has about a fifty-fifty chance of experiencing pain in his/her elbow or shoulder during his/her baseball career. Not surprisingly, baseball has been the most widely studied youth sport in the United States, so that the risk factors for overuse injuries are well-established.

Warm-Weather Baseball Pitchers At Greater Risk of Shoulder Injuries and Tommy John Surgery, Studies Find

The extra time high school pitchers living in warm-weather climates spend in baseball activities puts them at greater risk of injuries to their pitching shoulders than their cold-weather peers, finds a first-of-its-kind study published in the February 2011 edition of the American Journal of Sports Medicine
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