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Takuya Sekiguchi, Yoshihiro Hagiwara, Haruki Momma, Masahiro Tsuchiya, Kaoru Kuroki, Kenji Kanazawa, Yutaka Yabe, Masashi Koide, Nobuyuki Itaya, Eiji Itoi, Ryoichi Nagatomi
PURPOSE: Serious arm injuries in youth baseball players have been increasing. Though a breakage in the kinetic chain could affect arm injuries, an association between arm injuries and insufficient support of the trunk and lower extremities is not well understood. The purpose of this study was to investigate the association of low back and knee pain with elbow and/or shoulder complaints among youth baseball players. METHODS: A self-administered questionnaire and document informed consent were mailed to youth athletes belonging to the Miyagi Amateur Sports Association...
October 22, 2016: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
Christine C Johnson, Grant H Garcia, Joseph N Liu, Jeffrey G Stepan, Ronak M Patel, Joshua S Dines
BACKGROUND: The quality of medical information on the Internet has come under scrutiny. This study investigates the quality, accuracy, and readability of online information regarding ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injuries. METHODS: Three search terms ("elbow ulnar collateral ligament injury," "tommy john injury," and "pitcher's elbow") were entered into 3 Internet search engines. Three independent reviewers evaluated the content and accuracy of the information with a set of predetermined scoring criteria...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Raffy Mirzayan, Michael J Lim
BACKGROUND: Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the capitellum is a rare yet debilitating injury seen in young athletes. This is the first report in the literature describing fresh osteochondral allograft transplantation (FOCAT) to treat OCD of the capitellum. METHODS: Nine male baseball players (mean age, 15.3; range, 14-18 years), with OCD of the capitellum were treated with FOCAT. There were 6 pitchers and 3 position players. A ligament-sparing, mini-open approach was used...
November 2016: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Jorge Delgado, Diego Jaramillo, Nancy A Chauvin
Increased physical activity in childhood has resulted in a large number of sports-related injuries. Although there is overlap between the sports-related injuries seen in pediatric and adult patients, important differences exist in the injury patterns of pediatric patients. These differences are related to the continuous changes in the developing skeleton and its relationship with adjacent soft tissues. The imbalance in strength between the growing bones and the nearby tendons and ligaments makes the bones prone to acute and chronic injuries...
October 2016: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Sakiko Oyama, Araceli Sosa, Rebekah Campbell, Alexandra Correa
Video recordings are used to quantitatively analyze pitchers' technique. However, reliability and validity of such analysis is unknown. The purpose of the study was to investigate the reliability and validity of joint and segment angles identified during a pitching motion using video analysis. Thirty high school baseball pitchers participated. The pitching motion was captured using two high-speed video cameras and a motion capture system. Two raters reviewed the videos to digitize the body segments to calculate two-dimensional angles...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
Kevin Laudner, Jose Vazquez, Noelle Selkow, Keith Meister
CONTEXT: Baseball players, specifically pitchers, with symptomatic neurovascular occlusion often initially complain of arm fatigue, loss of ball control, and velocity. As the compression continues complaints may manifest into dull pain, paresthesia, and decreased grip strength. OBJECTIVE: To determine the correlation between upper extremity blood flow volume and grip strength among baseball pitchers. DESIGN: cross-sectional. SETTING: Athletic training room...
August 24, 2016: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
Aaron Lear, Niraj Patel
The windmill softball pitch generates considerable forces about the athlete's shoulder and elbow. The injury pattern of softball pitchers seems to be primarily overuse injury, and they seem not to suffer the same volume of injury that baseball pitchers do. This article will explore softball pitching techniques, kinetics and kinematics of the windmill pitch, epidemiology of softball pitchers, and discuss possible etiologies of softball pitching injuries.
September 2016: Current Sports Medicine Reports
Benjamin L Oshlag, Tracy R Ray
Baseball pitchers and other throwing athletes place their elbows under tremendous stresses, making them vulnerable to a number of unique injuries. Skeletally immature throwers in particular are at a greater risk for growth plate and other bony injuries, due to the relative strengths of these tissues and the kinematics involved in throwing. Care should be taken to fully evaluate these injuries based on the particular history and presentation to properly direct treatment and rehabilitation. Patients, as well as other athletes, coaches, and families, also should be made aware of the significant risk factors for these injuries, especially those regarding pitch limits, proper mechanics, and sufficient rest...
September 2016: Current Sports Medicine Reports
Jun Sakata, Emi Nakamura, Makoto Suzukawa, Atsushi Akaike, Kuniaki Shimizu
BACKGROUND: The physical risk factors for a medial elbow injury in junior baseball players are unknown. PURPOSE: To identify the risk factors for an initial medial elbow injury in junior baseball players. STUDY DESIGN: Case-control study; Level of evidence, 3. METHODS: Junior baseball players (aged 6-12 years) without a history of elbow pain underwent a clinical assessment, ultrasonography, and physical function measurements before the baseball season started...
September 7, 2016: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Alfred Atanda, Lauren W Averill, Maegen Wallace, Tim A Niiler, Levon N Nazarian, Michael G Ciccotti
BACKGROUND: Stress ultrasound (SUS) of the elbow has demonstrated changes in the anterior band of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in professional and high school-aged pitchers. However, there have been no large reports correlating pitching history data with SUS changes in youth and adolescent baseball pitchers. HYPOTHESIS: Changes of the UCL on SUS will correlate with pitching volume in youth and adolescent baseball pitchers. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study; Level of evidence, 3...
September 1, 2016: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Yu-Lin Wang, Hsiao-Yun Chang, Shih-Chung Cheng, Chiang Liu
BACKGROUND: Alteration of elbow range of motion (ROM) has been observed in baseball pitchers. This study aims to compare dominant elbow ROM between early-puberty, late-puberty, and young-adult pitchers. METHODS: We recruited 62 pitchers, consisting of 17 early-puberty (mean age 13.1 years old), 22 late-puberty (mean age 17.7 years old), and 23 young-adult players (mean age 19.4 years old). Dominant elbow ROMs was measured. One-way ANOVA was used to compare the differences in elbow ROM variables between 3 groups...
May 14, 2016: Physical Therapy in Sport
Lucas Wymore, Paul Chin, Christopher Geary, Gregory Carolan, Daniel Keefe, Heinz Hoenecke, Jan Fronek
BACKGROUND: Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction (UCLR) has been studied and shown to be a successful procedure for returning overhead athletes to sport. Many studies of Major League Baseball (MLB) players have shown high levels of return to play with successful statistical performance. No study has followed professional advancement of drafted pitchers who underwent UCLR as amateurs when compared with drafted pitchers who did not undergo the procedure before selection in the MLB draft...
August 12, 2016: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Tsuyoshi Tajika, Atsushi Yamamoto, Noboru Oya, Tsuyoshi Ichinose, Daisuke Shimoyama, Tsuyoshi Sasaki, Hitoshi Shitara, Takanori Kitagawa, Kenichi Saito, Takashi Osawa, Kenji Takagishi
BACKGROUND: Few reports in the literature relate morphologic changes of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) to prior elbow symptoms. This study used ultrasonography (US) to assess the ulnohumeral joint space width, with and without stress, and elucidate morphologic changes of the UCL of the elbow in high school pitchers with and without a history of elbow symptoms. METHODS: Each of 122 high school baseball pitchers who underwent US of the medial aspect of both elbows completed a self-administered questionnaire related to the self-satisfaction score (0-100) for pitching performance and throwing-related elbow joint pain sustained during the prior 3 years...
August 2016: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Justin S Yang, Jeffrey G Stepan, Lucas Dvoracek, Rick W Wright, Robert H Brophy, Matthew V Smith
BACKGROUND: Fast-pitch softball is one of the fastest growing sports, but there is little research regarding pitcher fatigue. Currently, there are no pitch limits or game counts. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: To study the effect of fatigue on youth fast-pitch softball pitchers during a high school season, we hypothesized increased games pitched during the season would correlate with increased player-reported pain and fatigue and decreased with upper extremity strength and range of motion (ROM)...
July 2016: HSS Journal: the Musculoskeletal Journal of Hospital for Special Surgery
Amy Whited, Dai Sugimoto, Corey Dawkins, Donald Bae
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May 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Eric M Berkson, Luke S Oh, Robert C McCunney, Donna M Scarborough
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Brandon J Erickson, Bernard R Bach, Charles A Bush-Joseph, Nikhil N Verma, Anthony A Romeo
The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) is a vital structure to the overhead athlete, especially the baseball pitcher. For reasons not completely understood, UCL injuries have become increasingly more common in major league baseball (MLB) pitchers over the past 10 years. UCL reconstruction (UCLR) is the current gold standard of treatment for these injuries in MLB pitchers who wish to return to sport (RTS) at a high level and who have failed a course of non-operative treatment. Results following UCLR in MLB pitchers have been encouraging, with multiple RTS rates now cited at greater than 80%...
June 18, 2016: World Journal of Orthopedics
Shayne Fehr, Derek Damrow, Christopher Kilian, Roger Lyon, Xue-Cheng Liu
BACKGROUND: Elbow pain and elbow injuries are common in youth baseball players. It is not clear whether pitching experience and/or age creates biomechanical differences at the elbow and whether these differences place an athlete at greater risk. HYPOTHESES: (1) Youth pitchers will have differing elbow kinematics with regard to flexion/extension, internal/external rotation, and pronation/supination when compared with nonbaseball athletes and (2) younger youth pitchers will have differing elbow kinematics when compared with older youth pitchers...
September 2016: Sports Health
Thomas J Noonan, Charles A Thigpen, Lane B Bailey, Douglas J Wyland, Michael Kissenberth, Richard J Hawkins, Ellen Shanley
BACKGROUND: Numerous studies have demonstrated that humeral retrotorsion is increased in the dominant arms of throwing athletes. No study has clearly defined the relationship between humeral retrotorsion and shoulder and elbow injury. HYPOTHESIS: Uninjured professional pitchers will display more dominant humeral torsion (HT) than professional pitchers who sustain shoulder injuries but less than pitchers who sustain elbow injuries. STUDY DESIGN: Case-control study; Level of evidence, 3...
September 2016: American Journal of Sports Medicine
William H Rossy, Luke S Oh
Overhead athletes subject their elbows to significant valgus stresses throughout the throwing cycle. A steady rise in the number of medial-sided elbow injuries over the years has lead to increased awareness regarding the pathophysiology of the "pitcher's elbow." As our understanding of the functional anatomy and throwing biomechanics has become more sophisticated, we have seen a concurrent improvement in the outcomes associated with managing these injuries. Despite this improvement, continued anatomical and biomechanical research is still needed to further optimize outcomes and return to sport...
June 2016: Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
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