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How to Avoid Tommy John Surgery (Part I):  Throwing Mechanics   In last week’s blog, we took a look at some risk factors that can place excessive valgus, or inside out, force on the elbow and place pitchers at higher risk for developing injury to their medial ulnar collateral ligament (MUCL), which is repaired by the famous Tommy John surgery. These risk factors included a larger carrying angle of the elbow, higher throwing velocities, and higher pitch counts. This week we are ...
Posted on 2017-06-21
If you are a baseball pitcher, player, or just a fan of America’s greatest pastime, then chances are the phrase “Tommy John Surgery” makes your heart skip a beat and a knot in the pit of your stomach. This infamous injury has plagued many of the great pitchers in baseball: John Smoltz, Tim Hudson, John Lackey, Jason Vargas, Greg Holland, and Stephen Strasburg.  Although modifications in the Tommy John surgery have improved outcomes over the years, it still has the potentia...
Posted on 2017-06-09
Have you ever felt down and out with an injury that just won't go away...has the medical community advised you to "change sports" or stop all together, have you tried different treatments without success and feel overwhelmed with what to do next... ...And what about when everybody else has counted you out of the game...and the odds are stacked against you...and it's the "4th quarter" of your recovery......that's when you need to rely on your hours of preparation, early morning drills, the...
Posted on 2017-02-06
. Lunge In Football . . . Lunge In Tennis . . . Lunge in Baseball. The lunge, and all of its challenging iterations, are an integral component of a solid lower extremity strengthening program.  It also is part of almost every sport in the form of deceleration, lateral agility, kicking, and tackling.  Read any article online or buy any workout program that involves the legs and you will find lunges as a prescribed exercise.  The lunge is one of the most commonly p...
Posted on 2017-01-16
Runners are always looking for ways to maximize their time in the gym because, let's face it, you would rather be out running!There is enough information populated in running magazines, books, and online reporting the benefits of strength training for endurance athletes.  It's no longer a question of "should I do strength work" but rather "what's the BEST and most EFFICIENT strengthening workout with optimal results".  Often, runners perform body weight exercises at home with bands o...
Posted on 2017-01-09
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