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Friday, May 30, 2014

Dr. James Andrews Behind App Aiming To Limit Tommy John Surgeries

Noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews has performed numerous Tommy John surgeries on the elbows of baseball players. Dr. Kevin Wilk, his longtime physical therapist colleague, has overseen the rehabilitation of many of these athletes following the procedure.

And after witnessing an increasing number of throwers seeking Tommy John surgery at progressively younger ages, Andrews and Wilk are trying to stem the tide of these devastating injuries at the youth level by teaming up to develop an iOS application designed to educate players, parents and coaches on how to prevent throwing injuries.

The app, Throw Like a Pro, will be released in the coming weeks. When available, it will feature four main elements, all centered around scientific data and input from Andrews and Wilk.

Won’t this be bad for business, Doc?

eddieot Posted: May 30, 2014 at 10:52 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: biomechanics, dr. james andrews, technology, tommy john surgery

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Position Statement for Tommy John Injuries in Baseball Pitchers

Not a long statement but it’s informative.

During the past few years there has been an “epidemic” rise in the number of professional pitchers requiring ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (“Tommy John surgery”).1 This is like déjà vu, as a similar sharp rise was seen in adolescent pitchers near the turn of the century.2,3 These two rises are indeed connected; that is, today’s pro pitcher in his 20’s was an adolescent pitcher a dozen years ago. Thus in many cases, the injury leading to Tommy John surgery in today’s young pro pitchers actually began while they were adolescent amateurs. Observations by orthopaedic surgeons support this link, as the torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in a pro pitcher usually looks like it has worn out over time.

Hat tip to Hardball Talk.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2014 at 10:29 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dr. james andrews, injuries, tommy john surgery

 

 

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