The baseball world has been buzzing regarding a potential new surgery to repair the Tommy John ligament, rather than the traditional reconstruction, that has the potential to reduce the time to return from surgery. The new procedure involves repairing the damaged ligament and reinforcing it with a collagen-coated fiber tape in contrast with the traditional UCL reconstruction that involves drilling tunnels in the bone and using a graft from a tendon in your arm or leg. But is this the “miracle” the media is describing? Is this an option for everyone?
EBP has just released an online version of the 2017 ASMI Injuries in Baseball Conference, featuring world renowned speakers such as Dr. James Andrews, Dr. Glenn Fleisig, Kevin Wilk, Mike Reinold, and several MLB team physicians, athletic trainers, and strength coaches. This is the premier conference for baseball related injuries and performance enhancement, with topics detailing pitching biomechanics, baseball specific functional anatomy, clinical examination, surgical management, injury rehabilitation, and performance enhancement for baseball players. The ASMI Injuries in Baseball Conference has been on sale for $100 off. Read the full article to learn more!
Pullovers can give us a global view of the person we are working with – can they do the task we want or do they need an excessive amount of extension strategies to get their arms fully overhead? To truly throw out a runner from 300 feet away or hurl a 95 mile per hour fastball, we need to ensure the shoulder complex is working optimally.
There is no doubt about it, latissimus dorsi injuries in baseball pitchers are becoming more common, and probably will continue to do so as we continue to push out limits of throwing velocity. To prevent, diagnose, and rehabilitate lat injuries, you have to understand the anatomy, function during pitching, and pathomechanics of lat injuries.
In this article, EBP’s Editor-in-Chief Mike Reinold discusses the anatomy, role of the lat during pitching, and reasons why he believe’s lat injuries are increasing. Then, based on this information, he outlines several key factors to considering when trying to prevent, diagnose, and rehabilitate lat injuries in baseball pitchers.