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Jan, 2015

Pitch Smart

Pitch Smart is a series of practical, age-appropriate guidelines to help parents, players and coaches avoid overuse injuries and foster long, healthy careers for youth pitchers.

USA Baseball and MLB team up to help young players reduce arm injuries by providing a comprehensive resource for safe pitching practices. Baseball is a safe game to play at all ages, but research has shown that pitching too much — particularly at a young age — can increase a pitcher's risk of injury.

Tommy John surgery has both extended and resurrected the careers of many of our players, and the science of medicine has been an incredible boon to our game. That said, this procedure is not a panacea. The goal for young players should be to avoid being in the position where surgery is a possibility by diligently taking care of their arms. Getting to the big leagues is hard enough without having to go through rehabilitation from a major procedure.” -Billy Beane, General Manager Oakland A's

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