UCl Injurys

By Danny m

Intro

Professional pitchers have been the athletes treated most often for this problem. football, ice hockey, and water polo players have also been know to injure the UCL. A fall on an outstretched arm can also lead to UCL rupture (often with elbow dislocation).


10 facts

1 The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) can become stretched torn from the stress of repetitive throwing motions.


2 Throwing speed, pitch type, and throwing mechanics can all contribute to the problem.


3. Surgery is not always necessary to heal a UCL injury, but it may be performed if the patient has pain or if the elbow feels unstable upon a return to sports.


4. Twenty-five percent of active MLB pitchers have had the procedure, which reconstructs a pitcher's torn ulnar collateral ligament, as have 15 percent of current minor league pitchers.


5 This injury is often associated with feeling and or hearing a pop in the elbow, followed by immediate pain, mild to moderate swelling, and a sudden decrease in throwing velocity.


6.Professional pitchers have been the athletes treated most often for this problem. football, ice hockey, and water polo players have also been know to injure the UCL. A fall on an outstretched arm can also lead to UCL rupture (often with elbow dislocation)


7 The bones of the elbow are the humerus (the upper arm bone), the ulna (the larger bone of the forearm, on the opposite side of the thumb), and the radius (the smaller bone of the forearm on the same side as the thumb).


8. The ulnar collateral ligament can become stretched, frayed or torn through the stress of repetitive throwing motions. If the force on the soft tissues is greater than the tensile strength of the structure, then tiny tears of the ligament can develop.


9 Months (and even years) of throwing hard cause a process of microtears, degeneration, and finally, rupture of the ligament.


10 Today, more and more children ages 10 to 18 are affected. Longer seasons with extended practice time and more tournaments increase the risk of UCL injury.

SYMPTOMS OF UCL INJURY

Injury to the UCL may occur acutely with a single event or gradually over time. Acute injuries are usually associated with a painful pop and pain on the inner (medial) part of the elbow. Typically, one cannot throw anymore after this occurs. There is usually swelling in this area.

Five Things a Person Can Do to Maintain or Improve Their Health

1. Don't throw anything for long amounts of time because that is the main why to get a UCL injury.


2. Don't throw as hard and fast as possible because it put to much stress on your arms.


3. Don't pick up to heavy thing because it put to much stress on your arms.


4. Don' t throw long distances because you will throw out your arm.


5. Stretches before doing throw actives because then your muscles will get looser.

citation

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"Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 10 June 2015.