ARM February Newsletter

anyone can make you tired.. not everyone can make you better

Foresight Can Save an Arm: Battling Overuse in Baseball

If you look at the Major League Baseball leaders in innings pitched, those at the top of the list generally throw about 35 innings per month. These are high performance, skeletally mature adult pitchers in the most elite baseball league in the world, pitching roughly 140 innings over the first four months of the year. However, there are parents and youth coaches out there that actually think it is okay to send an 11-year old out on the mound for a comparable number of innings.


There was a fantastic study done by Olsen et al. in 2006 that clearly demonstrated a strong association between injuries requiring surgery and pitching “more months per year, games per year, innings per game, pitches per game, pitches per year, and warm-up pitches before a game” as well as showcase appearances during adolescent years. The message was very clear: throw too much, particularly at a young age, and you will wind up getting hurt.


The problem lies in the fact that most people don’t really understand that we can do all the strength training, mobility work, and soft tissue treatments in the world will not matter if they’re being overused. You cannot out train an overuse injury.


That is why it is so important for parents to be proactive with their young athletes, especially their young pitchers. If a coach isn’t going to track your child’s innings pitching, you know that your 9-year old kid cannot be expected to do so. That is where parents need to step up and do so. I’ve met so many parents whose child needs to have surgery between the ages of 17-21 and many of them end up looking back on past coaches with anger because they felt that the coaches overused their child.


Hindsight is 20/20, but foresight can save an arm.


It seems as if once a kid reaches the age of 18 or 19 it is almost socially acceptable for them to have to undergo elbow or shoulder surgery. This is something that can easily be prevented. Don’t be afraid to step up and say something, it is important to protect your child’s health and safety. If you lock the doors at night to keep them safe, then there is nothing wrong in saying something if you think the amount they are pitching could harm them down the road.


Most parents and coaches understand that overuse is a bad thing for young athletes, but they don’t understand what over use actually entails, and that it is also age dependent. Elementary schoolers should not be pitching as much as high schoolers and high schoolers should not be pitching as much as pros. They are professional athletes for a reason. They have trained for many, many years to be able to do what they do, and they are fully developed skeletally and muscularly.


This piece may have ruffled a few feathers, but it is important to do everything possible to prevent overuse injuries. And believe me I understand the issues that this entails. Your child wants to play year-round, and you want your child to be happy, and you love watching them play.


But you know what else?


Kids love candy and chocolates, and parents want to see them happy. But that doesn’t mean that kids should be given an unlimited amount of chocolate and candy to consume, right?

Go Get 'Em Local Boys!!!

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We are unbelievably proud of all the hard work these three young men have put in here at ARM during their off season! We would like to wish the best of luck to Ty Buttry, Trent Thornton, and Max Wotell in Spring Training and their upcoming seasons!! Go get ‘em boys!!!

Anyone can make you tired... Not everyone can make you better!

Popcorn Bites!

Ingredients

1 tablespoon canola oil

3 tablespoons unpopped popcorn kernels

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 1/4 cups mini marshmallows

1 cup honey-nut toasted oat cereal

1 ounce pretzel sticks, broken into pieces

1/4 cup chopped dry-roasted peanuts, salted



Preparation

1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add kernels; cover and cook 4 minutes, shaking pan frequently. When popping slows, remove pan from heat. Let stand.

2. Melt butter in a pan over low heat. Add marshmallows; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

3. Add 3 cups popcorn and remaining ingredients; stir.

4.Cool 2 minutes. Form into 10 (3-inch) balls.

5.Cool 5 minutes.

ARM Class Schedule

Monday:

Discovery (7-10) 4:00 pm

Exploration (10-13) 6:00 pm

High School Girls 7:00 pm


Tuesday:

Exploration 2 (13-15) 5:00pm

Exploration (10-13) 6:00 pm

High School Boys 7:00 pm


Wednesday:

Discovery (7-10) 4:00 pm

Exploration (10-13) 6:00 pm

High School Girls 7:00 pm


Thursday:

Exploration 2 (13-15) 5:00 pm

Exploration (10-13) 6:00pm

High School Boys 7:00pm


Friday & Saturday:

No classes!

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