Arm injuries have long been apart of baseball, however, a recent rise in ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injuries amongst adolescents have been at the center of attention. “Our results showed that 15 to 19 year-olds accounted for 56.7 percent of the ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (UCLR) or Tommy John surgeries performed in the US between 2007 to 2011. This is a significant increase over time with an average increase of 9.12 percent per year,” said Brandon Erickson (MD of Rush Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois). As injuries continue to rise, those within the game are looking across the diamond for a solution.
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