It’s the championship game that he has been training for weeks. The 13-year old pitcher stands at the mound. He winds up, goes for the pitch, and POP!!! Uh oh. He cradles his arm and winces in pain. He is now on a long road to recovery from a Tommy John injury. Elbow pain in…

Close your eyes and imagine your 14-year-old self standing next to your fellow gauche, acne-covered middle-school friends. You’re all standing at the base of a climbing rope staring up as one of your classmates flails around, unsure whether he is making his way up or down. A piercing whistle from your P.E. teacher lets you…

The ball zings by the batter at speeds up to 80 mph. The crowd cheers, the batter strikes out, and the elbow shrieks in pain. Many throwing athletes know the pain of an elbow injury. Elbow injuries are one of the most common injuries in young baseball players. The spring season is around the corner. It is important for…

Take Home Points Pitching places high stress at the UCL ligament The return rate after initial Tommy John surgery is high. The return rate decrease with subsequent Tommy John surgeries. Shoulder and elbow prevention programs are mandatory for pitchers.  The Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) is the main stabilizer in the elbow during the pitching motion. When a pitcher brings…