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Dr. Neidecker - 06/2013

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3DPT Interviews Dr. Neidecker about Baseball
and Baseball Injuries

Dr. Neidecker - Copper


3DPT: Where are you from and where did you go to medical school?

Dr. Neidecker: I was born and raised on Long Island and went to medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Osteopathic Medicine, soon to be Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine

3DPT: Why did you become a physician?

Dr. Neidecker: I don't know why, but I always wanted to be a physician since my earliest recollection. I was drawn to sports medicine after injuring my knee wrestling in high school.

3DPT: What do you like to do in your free time?

Dr. Neidecker: I sing in a cover band called Prognosis!

3DPT: What is your favorite baseball team?

Dr. Neidecker: The New York Yankees

3DPT: In recent years pitch count and innings pitched have become more and more restricted. Can you comment on pitch count and give some general recommendations for different age groups?

Dr. Neidecker: I believe the guidelines that USA baseball has come up with are nice to follow. You can find them on the USA baseball website. Children should only throw fastballs and change-ups, no curveballs.

3DPT: You did a fellowship with Cleveland Indians and see a lot of baseball players in your clinic, do you see a difference in common injuries among different age groups?

Dr. Neidecker: Absolutely!!! Children seem to have more bone problems or issues with the growth plate. Older players seem to deal with soft tissue injuries, ligaments and tendons.

3DPT: Are there any factors that could be addressed earlier to minimize the risk of these injuries?

Dr. Neidecker: Keeping up on a shoulder strengthening program is key. This should be started a couple of months before the season starts as well through out the season. Speaking of seasons, there should be an off season. Playing baseball year round can break the body down.

3DPT: When do you recommend seeking medical advice to prevent a minor problem from becoming major one?

Dr. Neidecker: There is no good reason for a child to have pain when he/she throws. If there is pain, stop throwing and get evaluated.

3DPT: After a game do you recommend ice, heat, stretching, or anything else for arm soreness?

Dr. Neidecker: Ice is the best for after a game.

3DPT: Do you have any exercise recommendations for baseball players?

Dr. Neidecker: For any athlete, strengthening the core (Abs & low back) is good for injury prevention, but can also help performance.

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