This Saturday, August 23rd, we will be holding another PRAA member
day at Dick's Sporting Goods at their Matthews location from 1-4 pm.
This is a great time to purchase your fall sports needs and any
last minute back to school clothes, shoes or other items and receive
20% off your entire purchase.
Click on the DICK'S SPORTING GOODS image below to print your coupon!!
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
This past weekend the 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.
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!
Porter Ridge Athletic Association where it's all about the kids having fun!
To our members at PRAA,
The spring season has begun and in our continued initiative of open communication, I have highlighted some information for you about PRAA. I want to again thank all the executive board members, commissioners, coaches and volunteers who have truly done so much behind the scenes to help launch this 2014 spring season.
Springtime Sports Facts
• We have over 650 children playing sports (Soccer, Softball, Baseball) this spring at PRAA
• Soccer has 28 teams including 310 children players and over 45 coaches/assistant coaches
• Softball has 8 teams including 82 children players with 8 coaches/assistant coaches
• Baseball has 24 teams including 238 children players and over 50 coaches/assistant coaches
Spring time costs
With any facility, there are maintenance issues and upkeep. This spring so far, some of the costs include, but are not limited to;
• Soccer spent $7,600 on new goals which were desperately needed.
• Baseball Spent over $3,000 on field upgrades/maintenance and a new pitcher's mound.
• Plans are underway to repair the dugouts at the softball fields and top dress the infield. (We are working with a sponsor & volunteers to accomplish most of this)
• The PRAA spent over $6,500 replacing all the doors to the field house.
• The PRAA spent just under $10,000 renovating both the Porter Ridge Elementary and Porter Ridge Middle School baseball fields which are used by both the schools and PRAA.
If you want to learn more about the how PRAA runs, our next board meeting will be on Sunday, April 6th at 6pm at the Hemby Town Hall.
If you would like to get a better understanding of our financial status/processes, please email Scott McGillivray for an appointment.
Porter Ridge Athletic Association
Dear PRAA Members,
Our number one priority is for these kids to have fun and be safe. Our association continues to grow and parking is becoming more of an issue. It is very important for the safety of all the children that you follow the parking guidelines.
When parking in the main lot (where the buses usually park) please park appropriately close to the car next to you so we don't waste space.
No Parking on the playground
It is strictly forbidden for anyone to move the parking stanchions unless approved by a commissioner or executive board member (only).
No parking on the fields.
We will be creating a parking area for handicap guest. You must have a handicap plate/tag to park in these spots or your vehicle will be towed.
Please do not leave valuables in your car as PRAA and or Union County are not responsible for any items reported stolen from your vehicles.
Please always drive slowly through the parking lot knowing that children are all around the park.
Please keep the parking lot clean.We have plenty of trash barrels in the parks where you can throw trash away.
These are simple guidelines and we hope you will make an effort to follow them. It won't be easy to police this program however we hope you will understand this is for the safety of the children and policing will not be necessary. If you see someone not following the guidelines, please communicate the issue to the concession stand volunteer or reach out to me directly.
A special "Thank You" to Paul Cimino for all his work in making up the new stanchions. They will assist us in keeping our children safe.
Thank you for caring,
Porter Ridge Athletic Association
Welcome to the Porter Ridge Athletic Association
Spring is here and it's time to sign the kids up for Soccer, Baseball and Softball. 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.