Teen suffers from Little League elbow | What to know about it

Parker Troughton visited Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where he was diagnosed with the disease.

ATLANTA — A metro Atlanta teenager is excited to return to the baseball field after an early sports injury kept him out of action.

Parker Troughton, 13, began his baseball career at the age of five. He loved setting foot on the diamond and making America’s favorite pastime worth watching.

After playing in a baseball tournament in early March, Troughton began experiencing severe pain in his elbow. Immediately, his parents removed him from all sports activities that week.

“I just felt pain in my lower elbow and then the next day I went to throw. I just felt it started to hurt even more and I just couldn’t play,” Troughton said. .

His parents took him to Children’s Healthcare in Atlanta where he was diagnosed with Little League elbow. It’s an overuse injury often caused by repeated throwing without enough rest. If left untreated, it can impact a child’s play for the rest of their life.

“One of the worst things your athlete can do is try to go through the pain of what they think is a minor injury and cause serious damage, which will cost them a lot more time away from the field,” said Dr. Armand. Scurfield, a pediatric sports medicine primary care physician at the hospital.

According to Scurfield, they are currently seeing several athletes with overuse injuries, particularly the Little League elbow.

Troughton learned he couldn’t pitch for 6 weeks in the spring. The baseball fan was discouraged; he hoped to play in his team’s big competition to come.

“I was just hoping that I was going to be better by the time of our big trip to Branson (Missouri) so I could play, that’s all I wanted to do,” Troughton said.

His parents were ultimately worried about the 13-year-old’s future.

“My worry was long term,” said his father Phillip Troughton. “Do we do something? Is the mechanic off? Might that make it more likely to happen again next year when it’s a little bit stronger, a little bigger, you know,” launches a a little harder and wants to put a little more effort into his throws?” says Phillip Troughton.

Troughton continued her training and agility training while performing the rehabilitation drills and stretches needed to speed up her recovery.

After five weeks, Troughton began the gradual process of returning to pitching.

“He finally got to the point where, I think at eight weeks, actually a week early, we were able to kind of let him go on the pitch,” his dad said.

Troughton returned to the field painlessly after kicking off a game a few weeks ago.

“It was really good to come back, it was just bad to sit on the sidelines and watch everyone play. But when I came back, I played shortstop and I was able to going to Branson’s trip, which was really good,” he said. .


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