What Youth Players Have In Common With The Royals

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             The world champion Kansas City Royals are preparing for their first Spring Training game against the Texas Rangers under the watchful eyes of a team of doctors and medical specialists from The University of Kansas Hospital.

            Dr. Paul Schroeppel is one of those team doctors, and also sees patients at the Sports Medicine and Performance Center. He says youth baseball players can learn a lot from the big leaguers, especially when it comes to preparing themselves to play and avoiding injuries

            In the video, Dr. Schroeppel talks about “Little League Elbow,” a common ailment for young pitchers, how to prevent it, and why pitch count is so important. He also talks about how young batters can improve their power while preventing injuries such as a torn ACL. He discusses what he’ll be looking for as the Royals play their first spring training game and what it’s like for him to be working with the Royals. The video also includes a Royals inter-squad practice game and team workout, as well as Royals fans watching at the team’s spring training facility in Surprise, Arizona.