Perfecting the Art of Throwing
Free Seminar to Help Area Players Improve Throwing and Prevent Injuries
April 06, 2005
"We hope that this course will give players a leg up on perfecting their technique, which will not only improve their performance but help prevent injury."
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, area sports medicine experts will hold a free seminar. Geared toward male and female athletes ages 11-17 participating in Little League, Pony League, Junior High and High School baseball and softball leagues, the seminar will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 14. Parents and coaches also are encouraged to attend to pick up tips to further help kids and teens.
According to 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, overuse and improper technique are the leading causes of injuries related to throwing a ball. In addition, athletes often try to immediately achieve the level they were at in the summer, something next to impossible after a long Rochester winter.
“Every spring, we have a flood of injuries due to throwing incorrectly, putting undue stress on muscles, ligaments and tendons,” Maloney said. “We hope that this course will give players a leg up on perfecting their technique, which will not only improve their performance but help prevent injury.”
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)
- injury prevention
- preventative exercises and conditioning
Athletes should come dressed in work out clothes and sneakers. 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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