Preventing Youth Injuries

We are pleased to resume our live baseball talks here at hsbbweb radio. Join us this Sunday at 4:00 PM EST as we welcome longtime member Bulldog19 to discuss this topic among others. With all the TJ injury threads we've seen lately, this one seems to be coming at a good time.

Mike Hopper (Bulldog19) is a Certified Athletic Trainer currently working in a PT clinic and provides high school outreach services. He is a 2010 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Health Management: Athletic Training. He is currently a graduate student through the University of South Florida pursuing a Masters Degree in Medical Sciences with a concentration in pediatric sports medicine. His special interests in sports medicine include concussions, anterior cruciate ligament injuries, injuries in the overhead athlete, and femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) in the hip.

Hopper's baseball experience spans over 15 years with much of that time as a player. He also has some coaching experience and spent the summer of 2009 as an athletic training intern with the Gateway Grizzlies.

Topics for discussion: overuse injuries, pitch counts, UCL injuries, strength and conditioning considerations, among other aspects to discuss.

Call in number for the show is: (858) 769-3323

Link to show: Preventing Youth Injuries
Original Post
What questions do you guys have for me? Please let us know what you want to hear about! As I told CD, I had to recently complete a project for one of my classes along these lines so this is a way to implement that!

But I want to hear your specific questions so that we can address those as well.

After the show on Sunday, I will post notes on my blog with additional information and links...
Bulldog- My son has had 4 MRIs in the last 6 months and all 4 said he has a torn labrum and the doctors recommended surgery. We decided to do PT, and it has seemed to work. This past weekend he threw 17 innings over the course of 3 games (his coach assured me that his arm was OK after extensive icing and running poles), but now he says his shoulder hurts again. What should we do?!?!?!


Big Grin Look forward to speaking with you Sunday.

As Mike noted, please provide any questions you have here and we will be happy to discuss them over the air. Happy to be back on the broadcast!
And just for reference for everyone...

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Bulldog- My son has had 4 MRIs in the last 6 months and all 4 said he has a torn labrum and the doctors recommended surgery. We decided to do PT, and it has seemed to work. This past weekend he threw 17 innings over the course of 3 games (his coach assured me that his arm was OK after extensive icing and running poles), but now he says his shoulder hurts again. What should we do?!?!?!


That was a joke...
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Originally posted by J H:
And just for reference for everyone...

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Bulldog- My son has had 4 MRIs in the last 6 months and all 4 said he has a torn labrum and the doctors recommended surgery. We decided to do PT, and it has seemed to work. This past weekend he threw 17 innings over the course of 3 games (his coach assured me that his arm was OK after extensive icing and running poles), but now he says his shoulder hurts again. What should we do?!?!?!


That was a joke...


Yeah, a joke for you, but you know somebody would ask something similar.
My son's best friend has a strain in his UCL. He was his high school's number one pitcher. Him and the number 2 guy threw about 95% of their innings. Son's buddy threw about 70 innings. One Friday he threw 10 innings and 138 pitches. Then on Monday he threw another 100+ in a 7 inning game. Just crazy stuff at their school.

Son's buddy came up hurt Memorial Day weekend, our first weekend of summer ball. The number two guy came up hurt around July 4th. Both pitchers were severely overworked by their high school coach. so my questions would be these, adn I dont know if you can answer them all.

How do you approach a high school coach that you feel may be overworking your son.

What do you see as a good bench mark for pitchers to throw as far as pitches in a day, and week.

Do these change for high school age men who start going hard at it March 1st, or whenever. Meaning what can youe expect to throw in April as compared to May.

Are there any warning signs for elbow, or shoulder, injuries. These ones seemed to come out of nowhere.

Are Athletic trainers good at spotting mechanical flaws that may be harmful to pitchers.
Sounds like good topic for parents to listen and learn.

I am interested in the FAI,my son had one and a torn labrum his sophmore year in college.had arthroscopic surgery and rehab and has done great ever since.

My husband had both hips replaced in the last three weeks and is recovering.

I have had bad hip/groin pain for the last several years.Blown off by doctors.I had MRI,I have a FAI and a torn labrum and will have surgery soon.(I have to the pain is too bad)

I would love to hear what you have learned about this.If its not a topic that comes up for live discussion,I would love for you to PM me when you have time.

Thanks,sounds like a good discussion
FoG,

We'll definitely address that! Of course that means I have to get more of my research done this weekend Wink Currently working on a paper about it.

But you're showing a perfect case of why more education about FAI is needed... most often diagnosed later in life after long-term pain. Being diagnosed more and more in adolesence.
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Originally posted by Bulldog 19:
What questions do you guys have for me? Please let us know what you want to hear about! As I told CD, I had to recently complete a project for one of my classes along these lines so this is a way to implement that!

But I want to hear your specific questions so that we can address those as well.

After the show on Sunday, I will post notes on my blog with additional information and links...


Your thoughts on club sports?
Mike, thanks so much once again for joining me on the air!

I hope that all of you get the chance to listen in to the archived version of the interview, which can be found by clicking on the same link that Dan posted to start this thread. Mike had some pricelessly valuable information pertaining to youth sports injuries that I personally feel as though can be incredibly beneficial to everyone here. Looking through the numbers on the switchboard I see we had a good amount of live listeners, so let's hope that we can get many more that are attempting to gain knowledge!

Thanks once again, Mike.

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