Tommy John Surgery
And How to Avoid It By: Preston Straus Per. 5
What is it?
It "is a surgical graft procedure in which the ulnar collateral ligament in the medial elbow is replaced with a tendon from elsewhere in the body". It is most commonly seen happen in baseball due to the high strain on a pitcher or thrower's arm and elbow. It is one of the most devastating surgeries to have as a pitcher as it could leave a player out for almost a year and a half.
How to try and Avoid it?
This relays back to how a pitcher is trained and warmed up. A lot of young pitchers think the faster you throw the ball the more likely you will get to the MLB. This not only not true but it also puts added stress on to the elbow. Another method is to limit the total pitch count when throwing at a young age, as going over also puts a number on the elbow. Finally, a pitcher should warm up sometimes throwing something other than a baseball to relieve stress on the elbow as well. These methods do not guarantee a pitcher to not having Tommy John surgery, but it certainly can help.