Little League Shoulder

Also known as: Little League syndrome, Little Leaguer’s shoulder.

What is Little League shoulder?

Little League shoulder is an injury that affects children who participate in baseball, and it most frequently affects pitchers. The condition impacts the growth plate of the shoulder and the humerus bone in affected children.

What causes Little League shoulder?

The repetitive motion of throwing a baseball is the cause of Little League shoulder. Children ages 11 to 16 are susceptible to it because they are still growing, and the growth plate is weaker than the surrounding muscles and ligaments.

What are the symptoms of Little League shoulder?

Pain, aching, swelling weakness and decreased range of motion are potential symptoms of Little League shoulder. It can gradually worsen and even cause early arthritis and bone spurs without treatment.

What are Little League shoulder care options?

A period of rest and ice followed by a physical therapy program are the primary treatments for recovering from Little League shoulder.


Reviewed by: Annie L Casta, MD

This page was last updated on: 5/23/2018 9:40:03 AM


Upcoming Events

2nd Annual Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Sports Health Symposium

Longevity in Sports Performance, Considerations from Elementary to Post Professional

This course will give the athletic trainer and physical therapist an overview of athletic development models and orthopedic/rehabilitative management of several conditions that influence athletic performance.

Learn more and register

From the Newsdesk

Sports Health Center at Pinecrest
04/17/2018 — The Sports Health Center at Pinecrest is designed to help the young athletes in our community when it comes to prevention and rehabilitation of sports injuries.
Helping Female Athletes Prevent Sports-Related Knee Injuries
04/11/2018 — Today we are seeing an increasing number of girls playing competitive sports, with roughly 200,000 at the collegiate level. This rise in 200,000 at the collegiate level. This risen in participation has afforded female athletes many social and health benefits including improved physical fitness, confidence, teamwork and a decreased risk of obesity. 

Video

video
Pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Spurdle, MD, talks about sports injuries and prevention in children.