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Author | C. Thomas Vangsness, MD



Risk assessment and prevention of arm injuries in baseball players

Although baseball is considered a generally safe sport, young pitchers often experience arm injuries. The repetitive nature of pitching makes the throwing arm susceptible to injury, particularly the elbow and shoulder.1 Microtrauma to soft tissue often is either without symptoms or mild, merely resulting in temporary pain and soreness. With continued stress, however, microtrauma may accumulate, thus increasing the probability of a serious injury.