Sumary of Most Parents Clueless About Overuse Dangers to Young Pitchers:
- Some even require Tommy John surgery to repair torn UCLs (ulnar collateral ligament), an operation most people associate with major league players rather than youngsters.
- “It’s really important that somebody is watching the players closely to make sure they aren’t pitching too much so we can minimize the risk of injury,” said senior study author Dr. Kevin Farmer, a University of Florida Health orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine.
- These troubling findings likely extend beyond the region where the survey was conducted, the study authors added.
- Study lead author Dr. Christian Reintgen is a fifth-year orthopedics resident at the University of Florida.