Sporting Kid Live
Written by Greg Bach
It’s become an all-too-common – and alarming – sight in the office of renowned orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Dugas of the famed Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Ala: talented teen baseball pitchers facing surgery from overuse.
“I see this a lot,” says Dugas, a sports medicine specialist. “I had two 14-year-olds in my office last week who could throw it 80-plus miles an hour. If you can throw like that when you’re 14 you’re probably pretty successful, but the problem is that 14-year-olds still have open growth plates. If your body can generate enough force to throw a ball 80 miles an hour at 14 that doesn’t necessarily imply that your body can tolerate it.”
Yes, hard-throwing teens with unhittable fastballs are coveted by coaches, loved by teammates, and..