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03-16-2008, 09:01 PM
As the weather begins to warm, major leaguers are not the only athletes reporting to spring training. Chicago's south suburbs are home to one of the largest collections of youth sports clubs in the country. With baseball season approaching, area physicians anticipate seeing an increase in shoulder and elbow injuries in young athletes. "Over-use injuries are a very common problem for young athletes, particularly throwing athletes," explained orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Gregory Primus, M.D., of Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest, Ill. "Athletes, parents, and coaches can take steps to prevent over-use injuries by recognizing the symptoms and understanding the importance of proper technique."

Over-use injuries can occur in any sport, but are particularly common in young baseball pitchers whose bodies are still developing. "Pitching is not a natural movement for the arm and forces stress on both the elbow and shoulder," Dr. Primus explained. "Throwing a high pitch count that is unregulated can cause damage and inflammation to the growth plates in the arm. This is known as little leaguer's elbow or shoulder."

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) this condition occurs when repetitive throwing creates an excessively strong pull on the tendons and ligaments of the elbow or shoulder. Continued pulling can stress the ligament and tendons attachments to bone resulting in abnormal bone growth, small tears, or at worst deformity.

"When little league elbow occurs, there is pain on the inside of the elbow," Primus explained. "At the first sign of pain or any restriction in the range of motion, the player should consult a sports medicine physician. Another symptom to note is if the child's elbow joint locks when he or she throws."

In rare cases, it may be necessary to discontinue pitching for a short period in order to prevent further damage and start the healing process. "Over-use injuries can be serious if the condition is not addressed early," Dr. Primus said. "If the child does not take a break from throwing, his or her future ability to play the sport may be jeopardized. Serious complications can arise if the arm is not rested and treated."

In most cases, over-use injuries can be treated with rest and icing of the affected area.

12-31-2011, 04:00 PM
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in another forum.

Over there I also "preconcluded"
that also the 8GB will cause pro-
blems for me in the long run.

Very interesting though. Thanks.