No elbow soreness is normal. Kids might develop sore upper arms and sore shoulders from throwing, but take anything serious if it involves the elbow. Especially if it involves the inside of the elbow (or if this area gets red). Damage to the growth plate can lead to problems like arthritis later in life -- and can require surgery in extreme cases when the bone is chipped.
Tendonitis isn't a factor in kids these age, according to one source. The problem is growth plates. As boys go into teens, the tendons and ligaments play a bigger role.
Limit innings pitched at this age (especially in Bronco leagues when it's permissible for someone to pitch 6 innings). Also be careful of too much throwing during off-days.
DHYS has installed 2 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) that are posted in strategic locations at Medlock Park. One of these units was donated and the second was purchased to ensure maximum coverage within the park. Another unit is located in the equipment shed between Fields 2 and 3 and the second is inside the DHYS clubhouse.
These state-of-the-art devices can make a dramatic difference in response time in the event of a cardiac arrest, and look like this:
If you have questions related to these devices, email
Each year, almost 500,000 baseball-related injuries are treated in hospitals, doctors' offices, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers and hospital emergency rooms (Source: U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's 1999 NEISS data and estimates, based on injuries treated in hospitals, doctors' offices, ambulatory care facilities, clinics and hospital emergency rooms).
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons offers the following tips to prevent baseball injuries:
Always take time to warm up and stretch. Research studies have shown that cold muscles are more prone to injury. Warm up with jumping jacks, stationary cycling or running or walking in place for 3 to 5 minutes. Then slowly and gently stretch, holding each stretch for 30 seconds.
Your equipment should fit properly and be worn correctly.
Wear a batting helmet at the plate, when waiting a turn at bat, and
when running bases. Facial protection devices that are attached to batting helmets can help reduce the risk of a serious facial injury if you get hit by a ball.
Follow the guidelines about the number of innings pitched as specified
by your baseball league (usually four to 10 innings a week) not by the
number of teams played on.
While there is no concrete guideline for the number of pitches allowed,
a reasonable approach is to count the number of pitches thrown and use 80 to 100 pitches as a maximum in a game, and 30 to 40 pitches in a practice.
Wear the appropriate mitt for your position. Catchers should always use a catcher's mitt. Catchers should always wear a helmet, face mask, throat guard, long-model chest protector, protective supporter, and shin guards.
Wear molded, cleated baseball shoes that fit properly.
Inspect the playing field for holes, glass, and other debris.
Be knowledgeable about first aid and be able to administer it for minor
injuries, such as facial cuts, bruises, or minor tendonitis, strains, or
Be prepared for emergency situations and have a plan to reach medical personnel to treat injuries such as concussions, dislocations, elbow contusions, wrist or finger sprains, and fractures.
For more information on "Prevent Injuries America!®," call the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons' public service telephone number at 1-800-824-BONES (2663).