An Orthopedic Surgeon's guide to youth baseball injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation for Parents, Coaches, and Players.
Wesley K. Cox M.D. is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in disorders of the shoulder, elbow, and sports medicine. Dr. Cox received his Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology at Auburn University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He then completed medical school in Little Rock at UAMS where he was twice awarded the Washington County Medical Society scholarship and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society.Read More »
Learn to Train-Phase 3
Ages: 9-12 Boys/8-11 Girls
The main goal here is to continue to develop general fundamental movements and general sports skills. This stage coincides with peak motor development; therefore, the focus should be on skill development. If an athlete misses this phase, the potential to reach their full potential may be inhibited. Aspects that should be of focus are: skill sequences (ie hitting, throwing, kicking), basic position requirements, and encouragement to perform tasks with their non-dominate side.
Ages: 5-9 Boys/5-8 Girls (developmental age)
Our goal during this period is to focus on the development of the ABC’S (agility, balance, coordination, and speed) of athleticism, hand-eye coordination, and sport’s specific skills. Encourage your children to play multiple sports-every sport has specific skills that transfer to others. For example, if a child cannot kick a ball, they do not learn weight transfer and balance necessary for proper lower body mechanics needed during pitching. A great way to teach these skills is an obstacle course. Set up an obstacle course that requires children to perform tasks such as crawling through a tunnel, jumping over an object, weaving through sticks, or even skipping. Something like an obstacle course allows them to run through and play, race them if you want. Its ok to make it competitive, kids like that. Keep the FUN in FUNdamentals.
You don’t think that you can work out or stay in shape due to an injury? Here is proof that you can.
Athletes who are injured often worry about losing fitness during time away from training. Detraining or deconditioning is a fact of life when you stop training. You should want to maintain a base of fitness and strength. Before you do any exercise after an injury, it’s wise to get the approval and recommendations of your treating physician, therapist, or Athletic Trainer. Follow their recommendations for when you can resume exercise, how much, and what type of exercise is best. Studies have shown that you can maintain your fitness level even if you need to change or cut back on your exercise for several months. In order to do so, you need to exercise at about 70 percent of your VO2 max at least once per week.It may take some creativity and the flexibility to try new things. Most athletes find training through injury is possible and not terribly difficult. The key is to maintain the right attitude and protect the injured part until it heals. Use this time to increase your strength and foundation in other areas to prevent future injuries. It is important to maintain your fitness level while injured. This will not only decrease the risk of future injury but decreasing the lag time when you return to play.