Most youth baseball organizations today limit pitch counts or require days of rest after a young pitcher’s stint on the mound — or both. And that’s a good thing. Medical research has shown that these rules are a safe way to protect the arms of these young players.
“Kids who start pitching who are not fully grown put tremendous stress on their shoulders and elbows,” says Gary Calabrese, PT, DPT, Senior Director of Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy. This can lead to a variety of physical problems, says Mr. Calabrese, who is a doctor of physical therapy and specializes in rehabilitation.