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Dr. James Andrews, Dr. Glenn Fleisig to Discuss Merits Of Little League Pitch Count at Little League International Congress

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (April 2, 2007) – Little League has changed its decades-old pitching rules, and starting with the 2007 season the actual number of pitches delivered is the deciding factor in determining a pitcher’s eligibility in the baseball division. Two of the most notable proponents of Little League International’s decision to adopt a pitch count, Dr. James R Andrews, M.D., and Dr. Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D., will attend the 24th Little League International Congress in Houston, Texas, April 13-16.

Dr. James Andrews

Dr. Glenn Fleisig

“The pitch count is an important part of Little League Baseball, and as the world’s largest organized youth sports program, we are proud to take a leadership position in youth sports safety and injury prevention,” Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League baseball and Softball, said. “Dr. Andrews and Dr. Fleisig vigorously support this pioneering innovation, and have graciously agreed to speak to delegates attending Congress to help them better understand the dynamics of the pitch count as well as the devastating ramifications of over-use injuries.”

Dr. Andrews is medical director at the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) in Birmingham, Ala. He is the world’s foremost authority on pitching injuries and ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, or, as it is better known, “Tommy John surgery.” An orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Andrews is one of the founding members of the Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center (ASMOC). He is also a founding partner and Medical Director of the Andrews Institute located in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

As ASMI research director, Dr. Fleisig is best known for his research into baseball pitching. Several Major League Baseball organizations have turned to Dr. Fleisig and ASMI for biomechanical evaluations to reduce pitching injuries. While Dr. Fleisig enjoys helping professional athletes, he is particularly proud of his work in establishing scientifically based guidelines for the prevention of injuries in youth baseball. He also is a pitching safety consultant for Little League International and a member of the USA Baseball Medical and Safety Advisory Committee. USA Baseball is the governing body for all amateur baseball in the United States.

The American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) and the USA Baseball Medical and Safety Advisory Committee have worked closely with Little League to create the guidelines for the new regulation.

On Sunday, April 15, Dr. Andrews and Dr. Fleisig will be addressing volunteer delegates from 2-3 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Americas D at the Hilton Americas Hotel, 1600 Lamar Street.

The Little League Pitch Count impacts pitchers in all divisions of Little League Baseball, from age 7 to 18. There are specific limits for each game, based on their age. The number of pitches delivered in a game will determine the amount of rest the player must have before pitching again.

Little League is the first national youth baseball organization to institute a pitch count. The Little League International Board of Directors approved the measure unanimously at its annual meeting in August 2006.

More information on the Little League Pitch Count can be found here