This Month in Sports Rehabilitation: Preventing Baseball Throwing Injuries (February 2013)

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This year's free March 25 UW Health Sports Rehabilitation Baseball Clinic will show baseball coaches how to help their pitchers avoid injuries and improve performance.


Throwing Injuries on the Rise


• Pitchers injure their elbow at a higher rate than positional players (26% compared with 16%)


• Young baseball players, especially pitchers, injure their elbows at alarming rates


• Even in the Major Leagues, more than one-quarter of all injuries occur at the elbow joint


Our March 25 Baseball Clinic


Our team at UW Sports Rehabilitation supports national efforts in minimizing young pitchers' risk of serious arm injury through education and public awareness. At this year's clinic we have three dynamic speakers who are passionate about working with baseball pitchers of all ages.

  • Featured speaker Al Brisack is the head coach of the Edgewood College baseball team and will be entering his 14th season with the Eagles. Al's address, "Keeping Your Throwing Athlete Healthy: A Coach's Role," will discuss conditioning athletes in a limited amount of practice time and reveal the three most important mechanical fundamentals all athletes should perform.
  • Marc Sherry is a highly-respected physical therapist, researcher, performance enhancement specialist and youth baseball coach in the Madison area. In "Pitching to Prepare or Preparing to Pitch: Improving Performance and Decreasing Injuries in Pitchers," Marc will discuss current evidence on pitch counts and describe progressive drills to improve strength, control and dynamic flexibility for pitchers. Marc will stress that coaches not only need to identify the risk factors or warning signs of injury but also know how to effectively manage injury and make sound decisions to safely return athletes back to pitching.
  • Madison Mallards athletic trainer Matt Uftring will focus on "Injuries to the Baseball Pitcher: An Athletic Trainer's Perspective," touching on causes and treatments for several types of overhead throwing injuries. Matt will also discuss his recommendations for how to best manage baseball pitchers with pain or injury and how to get them safely back to throwing.

If you are a coach looking to improve your approach with your pitchers by helping them become more confident, improve their performance and prevent injury, this is a clinic you must attend.