When Is It OK To Let Your Kid Throw A Curve Ball?

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            It’s the weekend Royals fans have been looking forward to since the team’s World Series victory last November…pitchers and catchers have reported to the team’s spring training camp in Surprise, Arizona. The full team arrives Monday.

            It’s also the time of year when youth baseball programs from little league to high school begin spring workouts. One of the age-old questions is when is it safe to let young pitchers begin learning to throw a curve ball…a pitch that puts a lot of stress on developing arms.

            Dr. Vince Key is the team doctor for the Royals, and an orthopedic surgeon at The University of Kansas Hospital’s Sports Medicine and Performance Center. He recently shared with parents and student athletes at Shawnee Mission West High School important things they can learn from his experience with the pros. In the video he explains what age is the right one to let a young player begin learning to throw a curve ball. He also explains what throwing does to an arm, why every arm has only so many throws in a lifetime, how to warm up, why stretching is so important, and what trainers do to help pitchers after the game. Also included is video of pitchers and catchers from the Royals spring training camp.