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BLOG: Pitch Smart is a comprehensive resource for safe pitching practices

By James R. Andrews, MD

We are all looking for a solution to the escalation of youth baseball injuries, which is near epidemic proportions. The Pitch Smart program is a product of Major League Baseball and USA Baseball. The organizations have teamed up to help young baseball players reduce arm injuries by providing a comprehensive resource for safe pitching practices.

Bud Selig, the now retired commissioner of Major League Baseball (MLB), was the catalyst to get the program moving forward. The MLB realized that if something was not done to curtail the epidemic of arm injuries, then there would be no uninjured players coming from high school or college left for the MLB draft. When Rob Manfred took over as MLB commissioner, he made Pitch Smart one of his major objectives as a national initiative.

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