Baseball is known as America’s pastime. There’s a small park close to my house, and sometimes I can hear people cheering during games. It’s great to hear them out there having fun.

I played baseball growing up too. When we’d get worn down, our coach might say things like, “No pain, no gain, or just tough it out!” Today young athletes are more serious about competition than ever before. As a pediatric sports medicine specialist, I often tell kids and parents it’s important to understand the difference between giving 100 percent and risking injuries.

Throwing too hard, too long, or too often can lead to shoulder and elbow injuries. Kids are still growing, and overuse injuries actually can affect their bones, not just muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Proper throwing methods put less stress on growing athletes’ bodies. Check out the following video to learn more about throwing injuries and how to avoid them.

If injuries do happen, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s sports medicine specialists provide the care to help young athletes recover and keep them growing strong.

Shayne Fehr, MD~ Shayne Fehr, MD, pediatric sports medicine specialist, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin offers the only sports medicine program in Milwaukee and Wisconsin just for young athletes. Our goal is to make sure your kids are healthy — and can get back to the activities they enjoy — as soon as possible. Learn more.

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