Dr. James Andrews – who has done numerous surgeries on professional athletes – helped start a prevention program with the sports-medicine society called the STOP program: Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention (in youth sports)
Two interesting points from a recent article:
1. The first thing I would tell them is, their kid needs at least two months off each year to recover from a specific sport. Preferably, three to four months. Example: youth baseball. For at least two months, preferably three to four months, they don’t need to do any kind of overhead throwing, any kind of overhead sport, and let the body recover in order to avoid overuse situations.
2. And the people who get the players after the surgeries — they’re the ones who deserve the most credit. The physical therapy and rehab people.