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Performance-Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) may enable the athlete to achieve disproportionately strong muscles that overwhelm the UCL and lead to injury.
this is low down the list of recommendations/issues, so clearly is not the main issue in their minds. However it does make sense so given that we assume PED's were more rampant 10 years ago, it seems UCL injuries would have been higher then if a majority of pitchers were on PEDs.
On this issue generally, what is the physiological relationship between muscles and ligaments? And how would steroid use affect that? At the height of PED hysteria, I remember claims about how injuries were the result of muscles that were too strong for the ligaments that supported them or the joints the muscles were attached to.
It seemed to me the final analysis was more like "don't be so concerned with lighting up the radar gun, change speeds or lose your arm".
Yeah, but if you're a high school kid are you going to choose to take it easy, throw 90-92 and get $150,000 to sign, or squeeze every last drop of velocity you possibly can, throw 94-96 and get $1,500,000 to sign? I know what I would do.
I think it almost has to absolute. We're talking about material strength, and physical stress. Your tires don't get stronger because you drive faster. You can't "exercise" your ligaments to make them stronger.
The whole flat earth thing never made any sense. I remember pitching on a few flat mounds in the day. It sucked, I felt like I need to strain more to get as much on the ball because it felt like I was throwing uphill.
I'm 37 and in my area, most of us didn't throw off a mound until right around high school. And even though they probably did exist, the idea of having a portable mound was just foreign. Now it seems like just about every youth league has a portable mound. Of course, back when I played, the idea of a "kid pitch" league for the Pinto division (7-8 years old) in Pony was also a foreign concept. T-ball was also just t-ball. And get off my lawn!
I'm curious if changes in nutrition could have any impact. Perhaps we need to start feeding prospects Spicy Beef Tendon, Smoked ribs, and more Offal.
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