Introduction to PitchSmart
Learn more about Pitch Smart from Dr. James Andrews, Yankees GM Brian Cashman and others
USA Baseball and MLB team up to help young players reduce arm injuries by providing a comprehensive resource for safe pitching practices.
Baseball is a safe game to play at all ages, but research has shown that pitching too much -- particularly at a young age -- can increase a pitcher's risk of injury.
pitched in a league without pitch counts or limits
pitched on multiple teams with overlapping seasons
pitched competitive baseball for more than 8 months per year
pitched on consecutive days
pitched in multiple games on the same day
Source: Yang G, Barton J, Guettler J, Dugas J, Irrgang J, Fleisig G, Albright J; Risk-Prone Pitching Activities and Injuries in Youth Baseball; American Journal of Sports Medicine; 2014