Youth Baseball Studies

PLEASE NOTE: These studies are currently closed for additional subject enrollment. Information below was used in recruiting study participants.
AOSSM is conducting two multi-center studies that will explore elbow and shoulder problems in young pitchers. Members who have ties to local youth baseball leagues or teams and those who treat 20 or more young pitchers per year are invited to participate in either study. These studies include:

Community Based

A community-based survey of youth baseball pitchers (ages 9 through seniors in high school) regarding the types of levels of activities that may predispose them to overuse injuries as well as any elbow or shoulder problems they may have experienced. Your participation in this study would involve contacting league officials, discussing the goals of the survey, and assessing their interest in involving the teams in their league in this survey. For those leagues that are willing to participate, we encourage you to schedule a meeting with coaches, parents, and players to briefly discuss overuse injuries in young pitchers (we will send a PowerPoint on baseball overuse injuries that is being developed for the AOSSM STOP Sports Injuries Campaign to use or adapt if you would like), present the survey, and distribute the questionnaire to coaches or parents for their review.

Clinic Based

A clinic-based study of youth baseball pitchers (ages 9 through high school seniors) who seek care from a participating physician. The same questionnaire used in Study 1 will be administered to those patients meeting the inclusion criteria (i.e., pitched in at least one organized baseball game during the prior 12 months). Physicians will conduct a structured physical examination and complete a brief form that captures the information from the exam and other diagnostic information. You can also download a free, customizable poster to display in your office with study details and information.
If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please feel free to contact the Principal Investigator, Joe Guettler, or AOSSM Director of Research, Kevin M. Boyer, MPH.