Striking Out Injuries in Youth Baseball

Dr. Joseph Chandler—Executive Director of the Resurgens Charitable Foundation and Director of Medical Services Emeritus for the Atlanta Braves—narrates a new DVD, "Striking Out Injuries in Youth Baseball."  The video features injury prevention tips and recommendations from baseball legends Tom Glavine and John Smoltz, former Braves organization player and youth trainer Nick Crocker, and Resurgens Head Athletic Trainer Mark Wentworth.

In the video, Glavine stresses that he will not let his kids throw a breaking ball "until they are in high school" and that "learning to throw a fastball for strikes consistently is much more important at a young age."

"If a young pitcher can throw a fastball for a strike 70 percent of the time, then they can learn to throw a change up," he said. "When the pitcher is older, stronger, and more physically mature, a breaking ball can be added."

Smoltz discusses the importance of limiting pitchers' work at young ages, claiming that it is more important to work on the mechanics of the game than to risk "career-ending injuries."

Parents and coaches can get free copies of the video from Kathy Scott at Resurgens Orthopaedics at 678-422-4216 or [email protected].

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