Dick, In December of 2012, David was diagnosed with a stress reaction in the Pars region of the L3 lumbar vertebrae. A stress reaction is a weakening of the bone and preceeds an actual stress fracture. He rested for 6 weeks and was fine until February of 2014 when he was diagnosed with a stress reaction again but this time in the L2 vertebrae after an MRI. His doctor concluded that David was creating too much stress on his lower back by too much twisting and torque from pitching and hitting. His doctor also said that by stopping activity when he felt pain, he was avoiding a fracture so his recovery time was cut in half. In doing my own research, I found that this condition is very common among adolescent athletes. David just turned 16. Today, after his bullpen, David said that he was beginning to feel another incidence coming on in the same region of his back. If it is a reoccurrence of the pars stress reaction, that will be 3 in a year and a half. David doesn’t lift weights at all. He does your conditioning program nearly year rouind. He runs sprints 3 times a week. He’s in great physical shape. From a pitching standpoint, the only fault I’m aware of that can cause lower back pain is the head finishing below hip level after ball release. My next move is to have him stop swinging a bat and just become a pitcher only. That would reduce the amount of rotations his back has to endure. This could last until he’s 20 years old and we just can’t afford these types of delays. Any insight or help you and/or Ginny might be able to give is appreciated.
Randy, Yes…the head finishing below the line of the hips is a back stressor. And with the weight of his trunk you have a lot of force. Coach Mills
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