Archive for Thursday, May 16, 2002

Well being

May 16, 2002


Young baseball pitchers may suffer serious injuries

Youth baseball leagues should limit the number of pitches to help pitchers avoid serious injury, according to a report in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, the American College of Sports Medicine journal.

As it is, about half of 9- to 12-year-old pitchers feel pain after the game, said researchers, who tracked 298 pitchers over two years in Birmingham, Ala. Those who threw more than 75 pitches a game were more likely to complain of pain in the shoulder or elbow.

The report's author, epidemiologist Stephen Lyman, said elbow pain could signal a more severe problem, such as damage to growth plates of the bone; shoulder pain may indicate muscle injury.

Hiking machines recalled

ICON Health and Fitness is recalling about 7,500 hiking exercise machines that can overheat and cause a fire.

The recall involves the NordicTrack Adventurer (model number NTHK9990), the NordicTrack Teton (NTHK2249) and the ProForm TrailRunner (PFHK9990) sold between April 2000 and December 2001. Machines already repaired have a sticker reading "KIT" near the model-number label on the machine.

Consumers should unplug their machines and call (800) 999-3756 for a free repair kit or service appointment.

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