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MLB publishes 'Pitch Smart'

posted Jan 16, 2015, 10:43 AM by West Toronto Baseball   [ updated Aug 7, 2017, 8:02 AM ]
MLB publishes 'Pitch Smart' - Guidelines to help avoid arm injuries in youth pitchers
<Nov. 13,  2014>

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball published an initiative to help reduce youth pitching arm injuries. The title is appropriately called 'Pitch Smart' and is geared towards Coaches, Players and Parents providing detailed information and guidelines that should significantly reduce the amount of arm injuries to pitchers in baseball leagues across the globe, if they are followed that is.

This initiative was lead by the renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews with support from a impressive advisory committee that includes other top tiered orthopedic surgeons as well as a lengthy list of MLB team physicians. 

Here are some quick (and shocking) stats that can be found on the 'Pitch Smart' website. They focus on youth pitchers:

  • 43.5% of pitched on consecutive days
  • 19% pitched in multiple games on the same day
  • 13.2% pitched competitive baseball for more than 8 months per year

West Toronto encourages all readers to read through the 'Pitch Smart' article and view the videos and resources available.