Little league elbow is an overuse injury most frequently found in baseball players and other young athletes who participate in throwing sports. It typically affects athletes between the ages of 9 and 14 who are still growing.
Little league elbow refers to elbow pain associated with repetitive throwing. It can be caused by many issues ranging from strains to tendonitis to ligament damage to bone injury.
The most common symptom is pain on the inside of the elbow.
Other symptoms include a limited range of motion and locking of the elbow joint.
If a child experiences any of these symptoms, he or she should stop throwing to rest the joint.
The best way to prevent little league elbow during in-season play is to limit the number of pitches young athletes throw each week during practice and competitive play.
- 75 pitches for 8- to 10-year-olds.
- 100 pitches for 11- to 12-year-olds.
- 125 pitches for 13- to 14-year-olds.
In addition, young pitchers should play only three to four innings each game.