Jeff Passan, author of the New York Times-bestselling book The Arm, talks about overuse arm injuries among youth baseball players, Perfect Game's role in that, and more. This is part 1 of a two-part interview series with Jeff on the podcast.
In this 36-minute episode, you'll learn:
- how Jeff got the idea to do the book
- why Jeff was skeptical of the conventional wisdom that pitch count limits were good for MLB prospects
- why travelball is evil
- whether stricter pitching rules for 8-10 year olds will help prevent arm injuries
- of the many factors in arm injuries, which one factor is the most dangerous
- Jeff's rebuttal to Perfect Game's online response to the way PG was presented in The Arm
- whether and how we can counteract this culture of hyper-competitiveness in youth baseball
- two suggestions Jeff has for Perfect Game (and organizations like it) to not be part of the problem of overuse injuries
- Jeff's alternative to Perfect Game
- whether pitching year-round is safe at a certain age
- how important pitching mechanics is, and what age is appropriate to begin seriously analyzing it
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- Perfect Game's response to The Arm
- The Arm book
- MLB's Pitch Smart guidelines
- Xan Barksdale's interview on Session 13 and Session 14
- Ron Wolforth's interview on Session 30 and Session 31
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