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Tommy John Surgery Newsbeat

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

[Audio] Dr. James Andrews, surgeon, on increase in Tommy John surgeries - MLB Network Radio

Interesting interview with Dr. James Andrews about Tommy John surgery where he talks about how many players are developing elbow issues as children.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 09, 2014 at 09:53 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dr. james andrews, medical, tommy john surgery

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Patrick Corbin tears UCL, could miss 2014 Diamondbacks season

An MRI on Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin’s left elbow showed a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, the team announced Sunday, and it appears he could be headed toward season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Even if he doesn’t need surgery, Corbin likely won’t be pitching anytime soon, a crushing blow for a team with designs on contending in the National League West.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

MLB Pitchers Don’t Regain Performance Level after Tommy John Surgery

Take that Michael the Kay and your daily “pitchers sometimes throw harder after Tommy John surgery!” jive.

Major League Baseball players who undergo Tommy John surgery are less likely to regain the performance level they had before surgery, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study.

The study is the first to show a link between the surgery and declining pitching performance at the professional level. It also involved the largest cohort of professional pitchers to date to examine the issue.

Researchers analyzed pitching statistics of 168 MLB pitchers before and after surgery between 1982 and 2010 and found diminishing returns in three major pitching categories: Earned runs average (ERA), walks and hits per inning pitched (WHIP) and innings pitched (IP). The findings:

• ERA increased 4.15 to 4.74.
• WHIP increased 1.40 to 1.48.
• IP declined 59 to 50.

“Tommy John surgery is an effective surgery and most pitchers get back to pitching after surgery. But it’s not going to improve their level of performance,” says Vasilios (Bill) Moutzouros, M.D., a Henry Ford orthopedic surgeon and the study’s senior author.

“There’s been a perception that the surgery will make you better. Our findings debunk that perception. Eighty to 90 percent of major league pitchers will get back to pitching at the major league level but they just won’t be as effective as they were before injury.”

Oooh, look…win percentage!

Drs. Moutzouros and Keller used paired analysis, generalized estimating equation model and other commonly used research tests to evaluate the data. Other highlights:

• UCL pitchers were “statistically better” than the control group in ERA, WHIP, IP and win percentage in the three years and two years before surgery.
• In the year before surgery, UCL pitchers’ performance declined significantly.
• After surgery, the control group was either superior in nearly every performance measure or no difference observed.
• A predictor of surgery is MLB experience. Sixty percent of pitchers required UCL reconstruction within their first five years in the MLB.

Repoz Posted: March 11, 2014 at 05:36 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: tommy john surgery

Sunday, March 09, 2014

The Economist: Babe, Jackie, Jobe

A swooning ode to the late inventor of Tommy John surgery asks why fans treat it so differently than steroid use.

A mere whiff of steroid use is enough to sully the reputation of any athlete, whereas players who recover from TJS are praised for their perseverance. But what could be more unnatural, or provide a bigger advantage, than cutting a tendon out of a wrist or leg and inserting it into an elbow?


 

 

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