Poor pitching technique may result in elbow, shoulder pain

By Mary Ann Porucznik

Study finds technique may be a factor among young athletes

“Approximately half of all young pitchers will experience elbow and shoulder pain over the course of a season,” reported Cynthia R. LaBella, MD, at the 2011 annual meeting of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. Although a number of factors have been associated with pain (Table 1), most prevention efforts have focused on limiting pitch count and pitch types. Dr. LaBella’s research used three-dimensional motion analysis to examine the relationship between pitching technique and pain.

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