Tommy John Surgery /
Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) Reconstruction
- Tommy John Surgery, an Ulnar Collateral ligament reconstruction of the elbow, is named for Tommy John. A man who pitched 26 Major League Baseball seasons from 1963-1989. He was the first pitcher to undergo the procedure in 1974 and was able to pitch another decade and a half.
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Brief overview of the episode:
Tommy John has become synonymous with Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction (UCLR) and being just another common baseball injury. With this injury and subsequent surgical procedure we are talking about a ligament tear on the inside of the elbow.
This injury is most common with overhead athletes (think baseball, volleyball, tennis) and is the result of the repetitive overhead throwing motion that causes repetitive valgus stress on the elbow. Ulnar collateral ligament injury can also happen due to trauma. These would most commonly be due to a fall on out stretched hand (FOOSH) as well as a forced twisting of the arm.
In this podcast we dig into the research surround UCLR. Who will benefit most, what does this mean for MLB players, NCAA players as well as high school and younger? Is there a preferred technique, graft type and tear characteristic.
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