Are Curveballs Harmful?
November 21, 2008
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Every young pitcher wants to throw curveballs and the debate rages as to whether they're causing injury.
So what's the answer?
cites some scary statistics:
And while high pitch counts can cause arm injuries, the TYPE of pitch causing injuries still isn’t certain:
Fortunately, this 2006 study helped answer the question:
Where they showed curveballs to put 9% less stress on BOTH the elbow and shoulder compared to throwing a fastball:
Leading the researchers to conclude:
So why the increased risk of pain from throwing curveballs and sliders in youth pitchers?
CONSISTENCY OF MECHANICS!
So if your pitchers cannot pitch with a consistent motion,
they shouldn't be throwing curveballs.
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