Austin doctor talks about cause of arm pain in young ballplayers
Apr. 13, 2015
A new study show eight and nine-year-olds, as well as teens, are dealing with a problem often associated with college and professional baseball players. An Austin doctor tells KLBJ's Perry Watson what's causing it. Dr. Smith says the injuries and pain kids deal with have to do with the number of innings they throw, which he says is sometimes tied to playing on more than one team in a season. He says they have a pitch count, which limits the number of pitches they throw in a game, but that's not doing enough. "The volunteer that's counting pitches is only counting in-game pitches. They don't count the 25 minutes that he warmed up in the bullpen before the game. They don't count the six pitches between innings..." He says it adds up and can easily lead to injury and arm pain, which some kids try to play through.