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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) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: biomechanics, dr. james andrews, technology, tommy john surgery

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   1. Mark S. is bored Posted: May 30, 2014 at 11:02 AM (#4716062)
Won’t this be bad for business, Doc?

He's 72. He wants to make that sweet IPO money so he doesn't have to do surgeries any more.
   2. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: May 30, 2014 at 02:02 PM (#4716165)
from TFA:
Based on the player's age, Throw Like a Pro creates specific guidelines with regards to numbers of pitches. The rest calculator outlines appropriate rest prior to resuming pitching.

ummm...based on what data?
   3. Bhaakon Posted: May 30, 2014 at 07:36 PM (#4716306)
ummm...based on what data?

Confidential patient data?
   4. Bug Selig Posted: May 30, 2014 at 08:29 PM (#4716317)
ummm...based on what data?

Yeah, I was just thinking that everything Dr. James Andrews knows about arm injuries must already be common knowledge, thoroughly vetted by a bunch of nobodies on a message board.

Oh, wait - No I wasn't.
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 31, 2014 at 12:18 AM (#4716444)
So the upgraded app talks you through do-it-yourself Tommy John surgery? Or do you just hold the phone next to your elbow?

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