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How do I prevent little leaguer's elbow?

Little leaguer's elbow is an overuse injury that is common in adolescent age players. The repetitive motion of overhead throwing causes traction on the underdeveloped structures of the elbow, and therefore chronic inflammation and associated pain. During these developmental years, it is important that pitchers follow recommended pitch counts and rest days to reduce the chance of developing this condition. Also, try to limit or avoid throwing curve or breaking-type pitches as the mechanics of such throws can increase the likelihood of injury in an underdeveloped elbow. Pitchers should focus on proper fastball mechanics and should also consider a change-up type pitch which uses very similar mechanics to a fastball (a slightly different grip but same release).

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