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Preseason ROM differences could help predict pitchers' injury risks, study finds

from Today in PT

For adolescent pitchers, preseason differences in side-to-side horizontal adduction and internal rotation range of motion were able to help identify those players at high risk for injury during the season, according to a new study. An estimated 11.5 million athletes play baseball in the U.S., according to background information in the study. A large number of these players are youth ages 8-12 or adolescents ages 13-18 on club or high school teams, the authors wrote, but injuries in this group are studied much less often than in collegiate or adult professional players. So far, attempts to prevent injury in youth pitchers have included controlling the number and types of pitches and correcting pitching mechanics, but studies have not shown a change in the injury incidence, the authors wrote. more

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