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Baseball: Modifiable risk factors identified for elbow injuries

Orthopedics This Week—April 10, 2017

Orthopedics This Week interviewed Joshua S. Dines, MD, sports medicine surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, on his research of three variables that may increase risk for elbow injuries in baseball pitchers.

The three identified variables are arm slot, arm speed and shoulder rotation. "While it has already been clinically established that UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) injuries are on the rise, little is known about what impacts these elbow injuries," said Dr. Dines.

"There are a lot of other studies that need to be done; this was just the first step," said Dr. Dines. "While this study focused on professional pitchers, equally important work needs to be done on little leaguers, high school pitchers and college pitchers."

Read the full article at Ryortho.com



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