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1. “Tommy John” surgery is a well-known procedure for baseball players with elbow ligament tears. Who is Tommy John?
A. The surgeon who first successfully performed the procedure
B. The major league pitcher from 1963-1989 who was able to return to playing after the procedure
C. The English anatomy professor who discovered the ligament
D. A high-school pitcher who needed the surgery after throwing 193 pitches in one game
2. The ___________ is a group of muscles and their tendons that act to stabilize the shoulder, important for the overhead motions required in sports like baseball and swimming.
A. Rotary cup
B. Rotator cuff
C. Rotator cup
D. Rotary cup
3. Little League baseball rules limit the number of pitches that 13- to 16-year-olds can throw in one day to:
4. Which type of injury accounts for over half of all baseball injuries?
B. Overuse injuries
C. Head and neck trauma
D. Shoulder injuries
5. Which type of injury did Ryan Howard sustain in his last at bat, ending the 2011 NL playoff series for the Phillies?
A. Broken ankle
B. Hamstring strain
C. Torn Achilles tendon
D. Torn rotator cuff
1. A-Tommy John surgery (TJS), known by medical professionals as ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction is a common surgery for pitchers. However, there is a BIG misconception that pitchers can throw harder after Tommy John Surgery than they did beforehand. This surgery cannot make a pitcher faster and is only done when absolutely necessary.
2. B- The rotator cuff is 4 muscles commonly remembers as SITS. Supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subacapularis. Stretching is key to avoiding a strain or tear to the rotator cuff.
3. D- Use caution with pitch counts. Little League elbow is a condition that is caused by repetitive throwing motions, especially in baseball. It is most often seen in young pitchers under the age of sixteen. The pitching motion causes a stress to be placed on the elbow joint which can cause damage to the structures of the elbow, resulting in injury.
4. B- According to the CDC, more than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable. Rest and cross training with other sports and activities reduces the risk of an overuse injury.
5. C- The average age of Achilles rupture patients is 29–40 years with a male-to-female ratio of nearly 20:1.