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Kids' pitching injuries rising; study blames overuse

10:39 PM, Jun. 27, 2013
The 'Rule of Ones,' is aimed to help reduce the risk of injury for kids who pitch. Some of those rules include: one game a day, one day of pitching then rest, one position at a time during a pitched game and one team at a time.
The 'Rule of Ones,' is aimed to help reduce the risk of injury for kids who pitch. Some of those rules include: one game a day, one day of pitching then rest, one position at a time during a pitched game and one team at a time.
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Despite the introduction of pitching limits in youth baseball, throwing injuries requiring surgery are increasing at a dramatic rate in the United States. Now, a new study identifies the major reasons behind this continuing rise.

According to one estimate, serious throwing injuries now occur 16 times more often than 30 years ago.

This three-year national study of more than 750 pitchers, ages 9-18, identified several factors contributing to the problem, according to study leader Dr. Joseph Guettler, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist with the Beaumont Health System ...

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