MLB announces new "Pitch Smart" initiative

This afternoon, Joe Torre and MLB announced a new initiative to help young pitchers avoid elbow injuries called pitchsmart.org. It is made up of "A series of practical, age-appropriate guidelines to help parents, players and coaches avoid overuse injuries and foster long, healthy careers for youth pitchers." Here's Torre's statement:

The website is basically one-stop shopping for everything you need to know about pitching and preventing injuries.

  • There are pitching guidelines for different age ranges: 8 & under, 9-12, 13-14, and 15-18.
  • A video about risk factors and a survey to figure out if your child is at risk for an elbow injury.
  • A Tommy John Surgery FAQ
  • The advisory committee is headed by Dr. James Andrews, a founding member of the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center and the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. He's also the man you want to see if you have an elbow problem. The rest of the committee is made up of a selection of team doctors and other leaders in the field of sports surgery.
  • Lastly, there is a resources section which is made up of a number of video interviews with some of the doctors on the committee and Brian Cashman who discusses the impact of Tommy John surgery. And if anyone knows, Cashman does (especially after last season).

I think this is a pretty neat idea and should help a lot of coaches and parents. It's also a pretty slick looking website so nice job by MLB and USA Baseball for making it happen.