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Little League Elbow

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by LaRusso L

(Elbow, Little League; Medial Apophysitis; Overuse Elbow Injury Related to Throwing)



Treatment and recovery depend on the severity of the injury. Recovery time ranges from 6 weeks to 3 months.
Treatment includes:


To reduce your chance of getting Little League elbow, take the following steps:
  • Warm up before pitching with light aerobic exercise (such as, jogging).
  • Stretch your muscles slowly and gently before pitching.
  • Follow the pitching rules of your baseball league. Do not play in two leagues at the same time.
  • Keep track of your child’s pitch count and the number of innings pitched. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting pitches to 200 per week or 90 per game.
  • Learn and practice good pitching techniques.
  • Do not throw curve balls and sliders until high school. This is when the growth plate in your elbow is fused with the bone.


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine



About Kids Health

Canadian Orthopaedic Association



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