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06
2019

The Complexities of Youth Baseball Development

Every year, there are many discussions on what makes a player good enough to be a top pick in the draft, a top prospect, or simply a top player at the MLB level. Inevitably, these discussions cover a wide range of opinions that typically return to looking at how a key point in their development was...

05
16
2018

Youth Injury Series: Growth-Plate Injuries

Growth-plate injuries are among the most commonly reported injuries for youth and teenage athletes—becoming an issue for even 16 and 17 year olds.. Also referred to as Little League Elbow or Little League Shoulder, these injuries occur to an area of the body responsible for roughly 80% of growth to...

02
17
2014

Should Youth Pitchers Throw a Curveball? Probably Not.

The debate on whether or not youth pitchers should throw curveballs rages on, and on, and on. Studies to seem to show that breaking balls are no less stressful on the elbow and youth pitchers who throw curveballs don’t seem to be more likely to have surgery or retire from pitching due to pain,...

03
22
2012

Young Arms and Curveballs: The Real Story Behind it All

Two weeks ago, the NY Times published an article titled Young Arms and Curveballs: A Scientific Twist. In the article, Bill Pennington interviewed various experts in the field of youth baseball pitching and got mixed answers. Dr. Fleisig of ASMI said his research can’t prove that curveballs ar...