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Catcher's sore arm

Wednesday, June 03, 2009 by Anonymous

My son started playing Catcher this season for his team. He started with 3-4 innings/game but as the coaches realized that he is good and others didn't want to do it, they started putting him in for catching all 6-7 innings. Today his throw to second base wasn't as strong and he couldn't get the ball to the second base, while stealing bases was going on, and later complained that his right shoulder hurts when he tries to throw the ball or lift the arm (the throwing arm). Any strengthening tips? Should we ask the Coach to give him a rest from catching after few innings? Is this related or a common issue?


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June 29, 2009 at 7:56 PM

Frozen Ropes Staff says:

Rest is always the best remedy with a sore wing. Once rested, make sure he has his legs underneath his throw to second base to reduce the throwing stress loads on the shoulder and elbows.

A common problem with young catchers is their inability to completely rotate (turn) their shoulders during the throw. Remind your son to finish his throws with his back shoulder completely turned toward second base and his throwing arm finishing across his body near the opposite knee.
August 12, 2009 at 12:47 PM

xiomara says:

hello i am also a catcher and my arm tends to hurt a little. i think it hurts because i tend to throw shot-put or side arm and it makes mi elbow hurt. Ive been playing for four years now, and i just cant seem to get rid of throwing that way any pionters.
October 8, 2009 at 3:13 PM

john says:

15 min a day rotate your throwing arm in a circle as if you are throwing, when your shoulder is close to your head raise your shoulder and touch your ear, stop and hold it for 30 seconds, this will strengthen your shoulder muscle, and help you throw over hand.
October 13, 2009 at 1:48 PM

andrew says:

Common sense tells you that if the shoulder hurts he is using it too much. Maybe better mechanics will let him use it more but until then you better cut back on the number of innings he catches or you are going to Tommy John surgery in a few years. Much attention is paid to pitch counts for pitchers, but every pitch thrown has to be returned, and while it is not done with the same velocity, it also is not done with the same mechanics, so catchers need to be careful about pitch count as well.
December 28, 2009 at 2:26 AM

Jon says:

Where does it hurt? If it is the big muscles (lats, delts) then the paing may just be from overuse and soreness. Have him ice after a game. If the pain reside in his elbow area he may be dragging his elbow below his shoulder when throws. If the soreness is all over the shoulder area but not inside or he is unable to pinpoint and exact spot in the shoulder that may just be general soreness and ind inflamation. If the pain is deeper and inside the shoulder closer to the joint itself and will not go away with rest or strengthening then I would go see a doc
July 2, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Anonymous says:

My son played same position and he just starting complaining during tournament practice. Out of what I thought was an overabundance of caution took him to sports med doc who x-rayed and diagnosed it as inflammation of growth plate. Advised against any overhead throwing for 6 weeks even though his was mild to fully heal and avoid future problems. After that they will work on mechanics. He said there should be a "pitch" count rule for catchers. Hope it got better.
March 8, 2012 at 2:00 PM

bermbaseball36 says:

im a catcher i play varsituy as a sophmore and did as a fresheman i have that same problem i found that if u keep ur elbow up ant stay low when coming through om your throw it tends to take some of the stress of ur arm because ur using more body momentum than arm hope thios helps
March 15, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Jack Smith says:

Well when i was playing i got hit in the back so hard i pasted out for maybe 5 sec but now i have a problem in my back. I cant bend and I cant throw very well and it was last week and it still hurts !!!!!!! Any tips
March 15, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Jack smith says:

It will stop but when i go to catcher iand bend down it starts to act u. Tips plz
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