University Sports Medicine Clinic Offers Teens Tossing Tips

Area Experts Demonstrate Proper Throwing Technique and Mechanics

March 14, 2007

As Spring springs into action in Rochester, so will the arms of thousands of area kids and teens preparing for the upcoming baseball and softball season. To help prevent injuries, encourage proper training and improve throwing technique, three sports medicine experts will hold a free seminar, including Tony Leo, ATC, head athletic trainer for the Rochester Red Wings.

Geared toward male and female athletes aged 11-17 participating in Little League, Pony League, Junior High and High School baseball and softball leagues, the seminar will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 4 . Parents and coaches also are encouraged to attend to pick up tips to further help kids and teens. Last year, close to 50 people attended a similar seminar hoping to avoid what has become too often a right of passage for teens playing baseball or softball. 

“Every spring, we have a flood of injuries due to throwing incorrectly, putting undue stress on muscles, ligaments and tendons,” said Michael Maloney, M.D., chief of University Sports Medicine (USM) at the University of Rochester Medical Center and team physician of the Rochester Red Wings.  “We hope that this seminar will help players perfect their technique, which will not only improve their performance but help prevent injury.” 

Andy Duncan, P.T., A.T.C., director of sports rehabilitation at University Sports Medicine, added that athletes often try to immediately achieve the level they played at in the previous summer, which is not realistic after a long Rochester winter.

“Couple that with overuse and improper technique, and all the ingredients are in play for an injury,” Duncan said.

The seminar will specifically address:

  • pitching/throwing technique and mechanics
  • techniques and mechanics to improve performance
  • throwing and practice guidelines (number of throws a day, days throwing, innings pitched, etc)
  • preventative exercises and conditioning for throwing
  • core strength exercises to build a good foundation

Participants are encouraged to call to register at 341-9150. USM is located at 4901 Lac De Ville Blvd., Bldg D, Suite 110, in the Clinton Crossings campus.

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