Arm injuries affecting younger baseball players

March 11, 2010 4:40:57 AM PST
The spring youth baseball season is about to begin. That can mean arm injuries that seem to be striking younger players.

That's according to a study presented at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons meeting. It found arm pain among young athletes is on the rise with one study showing a five-fold increase in serious shoulder and elbow injuries among youth baseball and softball players since 2000.

Reasons for the rise in injuries include, specializing in a sport, or position at younger ages and year round sports.

Experts say simple rest, cross training and stretching the throwing arm after play can honestly prevent a lot of these injuries.