Injury rates for pitchers have recently been at an elevated level in the MLB. Since the early 2000s though injury rates have also been elevating at the lower levels of the game.
Dr. James Andrews was quoted saying. “I started seeing a sharp increase in youth sports injuries particularly in baseball around (the year) 2000”.
Dr. Andrews quote is supported by the data from his practice ASMI. Looking at the data from ASMI we see a sharp and continued increase in injuries at the youth and high school levels.
The question that has been asked by many is why is this injury rate escalating so quickly and how do you protect athletes from it?
When looking at injury rates in the MLB we can see an interesting trend. The risk of injury drops as the season progresses.
This study was conducted by Posner Et al. and titled “The Epidemiology of Major League Baseball Injuries”.
Posner states in his conclusions that “The highest rate of injury was during the month of April”.
This paper was counter to traditional belief that as season goes on our body wares down thus placing us at higher risk of injury.
This data shows that the lack of proper progression into season may lead to a much higher risk of injury.
The important take away is that with elevated injury rates and more year round play it is clear athletes are not progressing workload effectively into their season.
Standard linear throwing programs are not effectively allowing athletes to be ready for the year and those who do progress properly may be still exposing themselves to risk of injury by not understanding the continued workload they must sustain in season.
To learn more on how you can counter these trends check out the following videos as we break down how you can lower risk of injury with workload.
In part 2 of this workbook we will provide you a dynamic throwing program to help you further apply workload to your daily training schedule. By taking a non linear approach we will help you mitigate common mistakes that may cause risk of injury.
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