Reducing Overuse Injuries

For starters, observe what’s happening on the field from time to time while you’re at your facilities to ensure that coaches in these independent leagues aren’t taking advantage of their more highly skilled players. And if you haven’t done so already, make sure that policies are in place to protect youngsters when it comes to the number of pitches they’re allowed to throw each week.

Remember, your office is the one that leases facilities to these independent leagues, and if they don’t adhere to standards that are in the best interest of kids–then don’t lease the facilities to them the next time around.

Young people need us to make decisions for them that protect their still-growing bodies and safeguard them from senseless injuries.

Yes, injuries are a part of youth sports, but the preventable ones certainly shouldn’t be. And you can be the one that prevents them.

Fred Engh is founder and CEO of the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) in West Palm Beach, Fla., which has been advocating positive and safe sports for children since 1981. He is also the author of “Why Johnny Hates Sports,” which is available on He can be reached via e-mail at

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