In 1974 a scrawny left handed Dodger pitcher by the name of Tommy John visited an LA hot shot orthopedic surgeon by the name of Frank Jobe for elbow pain when he pitched. Dr. Jobe examined John and told him his elbow needed to be reconstructed for him to pitch again. The problem was that UCL (Ulnar Collateral Ligament) surgery had only been done on animals. John wanted it. Jobe did it. The rest is baseball history. Tommy John came back from the surgery that now bears his name in a year. He missed 1975 and came back to pitch 207 inning in 1976.
My question is this: Why 42 years later is the whole recovery process actually taking longer?
Well they say a picture speaks 1000 words….
There is a scrawny Tommy John above 3 horses: PRYOR, STRASBURG, and BENSON.
What do you see?
I see 42 years plus of UNCHANGED mechanics causing the same issue except the guys throwing now are BIGGER, FASTER, and THROW HARDER. BUT, the UCL is still the same size it was in 1974.
FIX THE MOVEMENT, FIX THE PROBLEM!! This is ALWAYS the answer.
COMMING TO YORK, PA NOVEMBER 18, 2017! STAY TUNED…..