Episode 34: Why are Tommy John surgeries so common in baseball pitchers?

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What are Tommy John injuries? Why are these surgeries so common in baseball pitchers? What can pitchers, parents, and coaches do to prevent the injuries from occurring in the first place?

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2 Responses to Episode 34: Why are Tommy John surgeries so common in baseball pitchers?

  1. I’m 17 years old who has undergone Tommy Johns surgery on Dec. 23 2011. That puts me at 4 months into my recovery on Monday. I have just finished my physical rehab on Thursday and the entire process has gone as smooth as possible. I was just wondering what strengthening exercises are best to strengthen the muscles around my elbow? And how much throwing should I be doing? Thank You for putting up this podcast too 🙂

    • I’m glad to hear you are doing well. Typically around four months out from Tommy John surgery, pitchers are just starting more functional activities. Starting a long-toss program and when and how often is best decided by the treating surgeon. As for exercises, these are mostly done in PT, but core and shoulder and elbow strengthening can usually be performed with some modifications. Unfortunately every pitcher’s rehab from this surgery is different depending on how motion, strength, and stability are progressing.

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