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Don't Throw Away A Promising Future

Physical therapists are seeing more overuse injuries among young athletes largely because many are specializing in only one sport. 

Among the most prevalent of the injuries are sprained elbows that are putting young pitchers' arms at risk. In many cases, the specific problem area is the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). This relatively small, half-inch-long ligament is closely linked with maintaining elbow stability when a person throws. When the ligament tears or becomes stretched, the pitcher will likely experience pain and lose the ability to throw. This injury is also fairly common among any athletes who throw or swing their arms, such as tennis players, javelin throwers, quarterbacks, and weightlifters. All should be careful not to strain their arms by overtraining/overplaying.

Sports-related injuries are common in every level of playing, from the star Little League pitcher to the weekend gridiron warrior to the professional basketball player. At our facility, our expert staff of physical therapists understands the unique needs of athletes and we'll work with you to create a program that not only fixes the pain but gets you back on the playing field in the best possible shape. We can also help prevent injuries. If you would like to make an appointment, call 949-429-3220 or visit our facility at 27136 B Paseo Espada, Suite 1103, San Juan Capistrano.

P.S. The best way for young athletes to avoid overuse is to cross train.