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PRAA Families,

This Saturday, November 15, we will be holding another PRAA member day at Dick's Sporting Goods at their Matthews location all day.

This is a great time to purchase your basketball needs or those Christmas gifts for the athlete in your family and receive 20% off your entire purchase.


Click on the DICK'S SPORTING GOODS image below to print your coupon!!

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Elbow Injuries in Young Throwers


With the increasing participation and competitive level of today's youth sports, more adolescent and pediatric patients are being evaluated and treated for a variety of elbow injuries. Each year over two million children participate in Little League activities. Previous surveys have shown elbow pain occurs in up to 20% of all little league throwers and a more recent study found a 26% frequency of elbow pain in 9-12 year-old baseball players.

Most of this pain is due to overuse. The most common elbow injury in young baseball players is medial epicondyle apophysitis, better known as "little league elbow." This is an overuse injury to one of the growth plates on the inside of the elbow. While it is most frequently seen in baseball pitchers and throwers it can also occur in softball, tennis, golf or any other sport that puts significant stress on the elbow.

This type of injury occurs in young athletes because their growth plates (apophyses) are weaker than the muscles that attach to them. The stress placed on the growth plates from repetitive throwing can cause them to become inflamed and produce pain and swelling. If the child continues to throw through pain the growth plate may even begin to separate from the rest of the bone.

Along with pain, throwers often complain of decreased ability to throw as hard or as far in comparison to pre-injury levels. They may have pain with batting and even daily activities outside of sports. Swelling and loss of elbow motion may occur. Any child who experiences such symptoms should immediately be removed from sports activity and evaluated by a pediatric specialist. X-rays or other imaging studies may be taken to help assess the extent of damage to the injured joint. With mild injuries, non-surgical treatment is appropriate. This usually entails rest from throwing (and sometimes other activities), rehabilitation exercises to improve strength and flexibility and a gradual return to throwing as tolerated. This process typically takes at least 4-6 weeks. When significant displacement of the growth plate occurs, surgery may be needed to ensure proper positioning of the detached cartilage. In surgery, the detached fragment is reattached with pins, screws, or suture stitches. Throwing is often prohibited for six months after surgery.

Another common injury in young throwers is osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) which is the leading cause of permanent elbow disability in adolescent athletes.OCD is an erosion of cartilage and underlying bone in part of a joint. Over time, OCD may lead to bone chips in the joint (so-called "loose bodies"). OCD produces a gradual onset of pain usually on the outer aspect of the elbow, which is often worse during the cocking and early acceleration phase of throwing. Swelling, joint locking or stiffness are late (and more concerning) findings. X-rays and MRIs are frequently ordered by the treating physician to assess the joint surface and extent of damage. In children, prolonged rest (> 6 months) sometimes allows healing of the damaged bone. Cases that do not respond to rest or those in which loose fragments are present typically require surgery.

Acute fractures and dislocations within the elbow joint are seen less commonly and considered orthopedic emergencies. Swelling and disruption of the elbow structures can damage one or more of the major nerves in the elbow joint which control the forearm, wrist, and hand. Even partial damage to the blood supply can lead to a very serious condition called "compartment syndrome." Failure to recognize this condition can lead to permanent loss of function.

As throwers reach their late teens and their growth plates close they are at higher risk of suffering from tendonitis and ligament injuries.These injuries can often be treated with rest and rehabilitation. Sometimes, as with certain tears of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), surgery may be necessary which can keep an athlete out of throwing for up to a year.

The key treatment of most elbow injuries is prevention.This responsibility is widespread, involving the team physician, coach, athletic trainer, parents and officials. Emphasis must be placed at an early age on preseason conditioning, proper throwing mechanics and proper warm up exercises. The main culprit of pediatric elbow injuries is simply allowing children to throw too much. Because of this, most youth leagues have pitch count rules in place. Complete pitch count guidelines should take into account the age of the thrower and include limits on the number of pitches that should be made during each game as well as the maximum number of pitches that should be thrown in a week, during the entire season and even throughout the year. Adhering to pitch count guidelines is critical for the longevity of a pitcher's arm.

Consult your primary care physician for more serious injuries that do not respond to basic first aid. 


Another Proud Moment for PRAA Baseball

Porter Ridge 10U select team competed in their first Select CCBL tournament against teams that were well coached from the Lake Norman and South Charlotte area in 2014.

The boys went undefeated and were Tournament Champs! Coaches and Parents are very proud of these boys, they competed very hard with class and respect! It was great to see the 10U neighborhood boys back on the field wearing PR on their chest.

Congratulations boys - WELL DONE!

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Click above on the sport you're interested in and if you have any questions, please go to the "contact us" tab and reach out to the appropriate commissioner.

We look forward to another great season of youth sports.

Thank you!

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2014 Magnet Fundraiser

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PRAA Members,

Recently, your coaches have handed out magnets to each player specific to the sport she/he is participating in which includes over $100 in coupons to local merchants we commonly visit every week. In addition to the coupons, there is also a car magnet which presses out along with a schedule reminder of our activity registration windows. Each player has been asked to sell two magnets to help support our 2014 Fall fundraiser initiatives allowing PRAA to continue its ability to improve the fields, upgrade equipment, and help offset the monthly expenses associated with running our association.

The asking price for each magnet is $20 which offers a great value for what is included. Please help our association grow by embracing this effort to its fullest. If you are in need of additional magnets, please feel free to ask your coach or contact me directly. Payment by check is preferred (made out to PRAA), however if cash is collected, please put this in an envelope with your child's name, team, and coach's name on the outside and return to your coach.

We thank everyone in advance for their continued support of our association and as always, please do not hesitate to contact me with questions.

Fred Cox, Director Ways & Means
Porter Ridge Athletic Association 

Updated October 31, 2014

Fall/Winter 2014/2015 Basketball League

   Assessments start next week on Sunday, November 2, 2014 - see below for details

PRAA in conjunction with DICKS Sporting Goods Youth Community Sports Program is pleased to once again offer instructional competitive basketball leagues for Boys and Girls ages 5 – 15 years old.

PRAA is excited to announce the start of a new Basketball Season. Last year PRAA Basketball had over 323 players on 37 Teams representing the Porter Ridge Athletic Association and surrounding communities. We are very excited and look forward to many of these players returning this year, and welcoming new players/ families this upcoming season to our Basketball Program. We look forward to a fun and competitive season with our Intra League teams, as well as teams from other Associations during our Inter League play. We sincerely hope every player enjoys learning about the game of Basketball and further develops their skills in this great sport. We want to THANK all the families/ players and sponsors for their continued support of our Basketball Program and all the other sports offered by the Porter Ridge Athletic Association.

We also want to take this opportunity to review some very important information/ dates regarding PRAA Basketball:

Managing over 323 players on 37 teams playing in multiple gym locations takes a tremendous amount of time and energy. Thank you to everyone involved. That includes our basketball commissioner, assistant commissioners, coaches, players, and especially parents. Without everyone's help there is no way we could pull this off. With this said we ask your patience and understanding when something doesn't go as smoothly as you would expect. PRAA is a volunteer based association and without everyone's hard work we would not be able to provide these exciting opportunities to our children.

We hope everyone has fun and we thank you again for your support of PRAA.

Basketball Age Groups (Age as of 8/1/2014)

  • AA League - Coed Ages 5-6
  • A Boys League 7-8
  • B Boys League 9-10
  • C Boys League 11-12
  • D Boys League 13-15
  • A Girls League 7-8
  • B Girls League 9-10
  • C Girls League 11-13

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Opens September 01, 2014
Closes November 01, 2014
Click HERE to register online

NoteThere is a 5% processing fee for all registrations (online and onsite)

If you are interested in coaching please send an email request to:

Skills Assessment/Draft Days

WHEN: November 2nd - 6th  
WHERE: Porter Ridge Middle School (park in the bus lot)
A-Boys 7-8 November 2, 2014 1:00-3:00 PRMS
B-Boys 9-10 November 3, 2014 7:00- 8:30 PRMS
C-Boys 11-12 November 5, 2014 7:00-8:30 PRMS
D-Boys  13-15  November 6, 2014 7:00-8:30 PRMS
A-Girls  7-8  November 2, 2014 3:15-5:00 PRMS
B-Girls  9-10  November 2, 2014 3:15-5:00 PRMS
C-Girls  11-12  November 2, 2014 3:15-5:00 PRMS
AA-Coed 5-6 No Assessment!
All Players will be contacted by their coach before practices Start

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We will update this website with additional dates for Practices/Games.
*Games are tentatively scheduled to start the first weekend of December. Schedules will be released when available.



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