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Is there research/studies to protect the young catcher's arm?

Friday, January 02, 2009 by Anonymous

Our little league has taken measures to protect the young pitching arms. Is there research/studies to address the young catcher's arm as well? Little league has a tendency to place the one boy who can catch behind the plate for the entire season. I would think we would want to protect this shoulder like we would a pitcher's. Thank you for your comments or directions for a better understanding.


June 29, 2009 at 8:07 PM

Frozen Ropes Staff says:

Presently, there are no studies that address the injury rate for young catchers. I would suspect since most of their throwing is not maximum exertion, the injury tendency/stress loads on the arm would be significantly less than the pitchers. Remind your young catchers to stand up when they can as they throw the ball back to the pitcher. Many arm injuries start with deceleration issues in the arm; watch to make sure the throwing arm is released and positioned near the opposite knee after throwing and not pinned up against the body.
December 28, 2009 at 2:41 AM

Jon says:

The human body is not designed to pitch a baseball on an incline. It is this incline that causes the wear and tear on a pitchers body, especially shoulder. The catcher is throwing off a flat ground and usually about 5-7 shorter than the pitcher thus minimizing the impact of throwing the ball back to the pitcher

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