Little leaguer’s elbow: a growing concern

While practice might make perfect, too much preparation can damage growing bones. Chris Mallac explains how pitching mechanics and skeletal immaturity contribute to little leaguer’s elbow. 2019 South Williamsport, PA, pitcher Egan Prather (24) throws a pitch in the third inning against the Caribbean Region during the Little League World Series. Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports Little league baseball games were once one of America’s favorite summer recreational pastimes. Today, there are over 200,000 little league teams in the United States, and the play is often serious(1). The growth in popularity and competitiveness of little league baseball and the increased opportunities to play year-round make young players ever more susc

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