Other useful safety information is in the handouts link below including important information for you and your players’ parents about identifying and dealing with concussions. You should also visit the CDC’s Heads Up campaign to increase awareness, diagnosing, and prevention of head injuries. All players and parents need to read, sign, and return the Concussion Acknowledgment Form, which you or your team parent should collect and turn into the league. There is a free on-line course offered by the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) where you can learn quite a bit more about the impact of concussions, how to identify them, and how to manage them.
Arm injuries are becoming more prevalent due to a combination of poor throwing mechanics and overuse. Adhering to the Little League mandated pitch counts and days of rest is a good start. Learning how to coach better technique will also help our players stay healthy. We have had two talks in recent years from members of the UW Health Sports Medicine staff. These are available below, along with some video demos of useful practice drills to promote proper warm-up and reinforce better throwing mechanics.
- Karl Fry 2012 – Important Concepts for Youth Baseball Coaches
- Marc Sherry 2014 – Developing Healthy Young Pitchers