Throwing Injuries of the Elbow
Medial Apophysitis (Little Leaguer’s Elbow)
This injury occurs when repetitive throwing creates an excessively strong pull on the tendons and ligaments of the elbow. The young player feels pain at the knobby bump on the inside of the elbow. “Little Leaguer’s elbow” can be serious if it becomes aggravated. Repeated pulling can tear ligaments and tendons away from the bone. The tearing may pull tiny bone fragments with it in the same way a plant takes soil with it when it is uprooted. This can disrupt normal bone growth, resulting in deformity.
“Little Leaguer’s elbow” may cause pain on the inside of the elbow. A child should stop throwing if any of the following symptoms appear:
Restricted range of motion
Locking of the elbow joint