Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Studying young pitchers to help keep their arms healthy

As 14-year-old pitcher Michael Spracklin winds up, he has more television cameras trained on him than Barry Bonds going for a record-setting home run.

Researchers at the Center for Motion Analysis at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford hope that what they learn by analyzing the moves of Spracklin and other young baseball pitchers will keep their young arms healthy enough to face down the next generation of sluggers.

Studies of young pitchers are desperately needed because more and more of them are showing up at doctors' offices with damaged shoulders and elbows, said Dr. Carl Nissen, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Connecticut who is conducting a study...