EYE ON HEALTH: Preventing youth baseball injuries
Jeremiah Cangelosi has loved baseball since the age of three.
Jeremiah Cangelosi says, "I throw two or three times a week and then I usually play all year except fr three months in the winter."
But pitching that much can take a toll.
Jeremiah Cangelosi says, "I have soreness just from throwing a lot and everything."
It turns out the cause of that soreness wasn't just the number of pitches he threw. It was also in his form.
Two years ago he started working with Michael Macatangay, an athletic trainer who helped develop a unique injury prevention program.
Macatangay says, "One of the components we use in this injury prevention program is they actually analyze their throw using video analysis through our iPad."
Jeremiah Cangelosi says, "It really showed me my arm's not on time with the rest of my body which was putting a lot of strain on my arm."
This allows athletic trainers to find and fix throwing habits that can lead to injuries personalizing a plan for each player."
Athletic trainers say one of the most important aspects of the program is monitoring players throughout the season to see how changes to their throw are keeping them healthy.
Macatangay says, "Every athlete, every thrower has a different type of throwing angle."
Athletic trainers are hoping schools and baseball leagues will use the program as a model to help kids stay on the field and out of the doctors office.
Macatangay says, "They stay healthy, they enjoy the sport more and overall, not have to go to the emergency room or in a hospital in general for a baseball injury."
He says the program has not only kept him pain free, but he's pitching better than ever.
Jeremiah Cangelosi says, "From video to video, every time we met you could see a difference in whatever we had been pinpointing on. I want to keep being able to play. So it's really just trying to keep myself healthy cause I love the game and I love to be able to compete."
Athletic trainers say it is also critical to ensure players get plenty of rest and recovery between games and practices, as overuse is a major cause of injury.