Are Weighted Balls Safe?


If your child is involved with baseball, you probably have come across or heard of weighted balls as a training tool. But are they safe for your young thrower and do they really accomplish the claims to help increase the velocity in a young thrower? In this episode of the podcast, we will discuss these questions to help you make an educated decision and know the research behind weighted ball training in baseball. I am Dr. Mark Halstead, your host, and you are listening to the Healthy Young Athlete Podcast.


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— Dr. Mark Halstead

— Dr. Jason Zaremski
Twitter : @drzsportsdoc

— Dr. Zaremski editorial on weighted balls in Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine

— Throwers Ten Exercise Handout – Univ of Florida

— Throwers Ten Exercise Video – Young Athlete Center

— Referenced Study in Podcast: Effect of a 6-Week Weighted Baseball Throwing Program on Pitch Velocity, Pitching Arm Biomechanics, Passive Range of Motion, and Injury Rates

— Impact of Ball Weight on Medial Elbow Torque in Youth Baseball Pitchers

— Biomechanical Analysis of Weighted-Ball Exercises for Baseball Pitchers

— Roundtable Discussion 1/25/2020 American Sports Medicine Institute: Weighted Ball Throwing Program

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Dr. Mark Halstead - Host of The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast - St. Louis, MOMark Halstead: 

Dr. Mark Halstead received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He stayed at the University of Wisconsin for his pediatric residency, followed by a year as the chief resident. Following residency, he completed a pediatric and adult sports medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He has been an elected member to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). He has served as a team physician or medical consultant to numerous high schools, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Washington University, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Athletica, and St. Louis Rams. He serves and has served on many local, regional and national committees as an advisor for sports medicine and concussions. Dr. Halstead is a national recognized expert in sport-related concussions and pediatric sports medicine.

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The Guest Featured Inside this Program:

Dr. Jason Zaremski - a Guest Host on The Healthy Young Athlete PodcastJason Zaremski: 

Dr. Jason Zaremski is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Florida. Dr. Zaremski received his medical degree from Tufts University and then stayed at Tufts to complete his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is fellowship-trained in sports medicine through the Geisinger Health System program in Pennsylvania. He currently serves as a sports medicine physician at the University of Florida and is the Co-medical director for their high school outreach program. He is an elected member of the Board of Directors for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. He also has some unique awards he has earned relative to baseball. He received the Arthur Ashe award for leadership and sportsmanship in baseball for Division II and III athletes in 1997 and in 2010 was named a Hall of Fame catcher for the Emory University all –baseball team.

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