My son will be a high school Freshmen this coming fall. He’s been a multi-sport athlete for several years. He’s playing Babe Ruth league baseball right now (pitcher and shortstop) and will continue playing this summer with an all-star team and a high school summer league team. He will also start summer football conditioning for the high school team at the end of June. He is a quarterback and I’m sure he’ll be expected to start throwing the football soon thereafter. I’m concerned about the amount of arm usage he’ll be facing when these sports overlap and about the different throwing mechanics required for each sport. Going back and forth between the two sports throwing on a daily basis might not be good for him – for either sport – but pitchers and quarterbacks have done this for years. His combination of skills aren’t unique and I’m hoping other parents or coaches checking this forum have gone through this situation and can shed some light or provide advice. He is committed to both sports and won’t chose one over the other right now but he might be able to limit his pitching when football starts and focus on his other defensive skills. Not throwing the football this summer would be out of the question for him.
DPeters, (first name?)
I would suggest you read the research here from ASMI. http://www.asmi.org/asmiweb/research/usedarticles/baseballvsfootball.htm
I would not worry about it. Just make sure he stays in good condition and is able to use his body to throw either the football or the baseball. So good throwing mechanics and being fit to throw are the keys to preventing injury.
One rarely interferes with the other in terms of throwing mechanics since they are so different. Baseball uses a 5 oz ball while a football weighs 16 oz.
But recovery time is important.
Thanks Coach Mills – sounds reasonable. When football starts in late June, he’ll be expected to lift weights (the basics: bench press, power cleans, squats). I’ve asked both the baseball and football coaches if the baseball/football kids lift differently than the football (only) players. No answers yet but I hope they take multi-sport training into consideration. I know you generally steer baseball players away from weight work, any suggestions for multi-sport high schoolers?
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