Icing after pitching

My 8 year old son is going to be pitching this year on his baseball team. I use the 5 pitches per years old as my gauge for the amount of pitches any pitcher will pitch in a game. My son will pitch a game with a limit of 40 - 45 pitches per game. After pitching, he will move to another position. His team will play in a few tournament games over the season with him pitching in a few more games on a weekend. The tournaments are strict that a child can pitch a max of 3 innings per day, or 6 max for the tournament. My son has played baseball for 4 years and loves to play around the house all year. I have my son using a therapy rubber band (red) and he is doing 3 stretching/strengthen exercise 2 times per week. He does not work out with any weights.

I was wondering after my son pitches, and after the game, should I have him run a few wind sprints to get his heart rate up to flush blood through his system, then place some ice on his shoulder for 10 minutes after that? He has a very strong arm and I do not want to have his arm be shot at a young age. My thoughts are that he should not pitch at all, but he really wants to and I think using 7 or 8 pitchers for the season, I will not over use any of the children’s arms.


Posted By Mustang Man on March 16, 2010 at 16:22:24:

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