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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29090988/youth-baseball-pitching-mechanics-a-systematic-review
#1
Samuel F Thompson, Trent M Guess, Andreas C Plackis, Seth L Sherman, Aaron D Gray
CONTEXT: Pitching injuries in youth baseball are increasing in incidence. Poor pitching mechanics in young throwers have not been sufficiently evaluated due to the lack of a basic biomechanical understanding of the "normal" youth pitching motion. OBJECTIVE: To provide a greater understanding of the kinetics and kinematics of the youth baseball pitching motion. DATA SOURCES: PubMed, MEDLINE, and SPORTDiscus databases were searched from database inception through February 2017...
November 1, 2017: Sports Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068752/an-epidemiological-comparison-of-elbow-injuries-among-united-states-high-school-baseball-and-softball-players-2005-2006-through-2014-2015
#2
Andrew V Pytiak, Matthew J Kraeutler, Dustin W Currie, Eric C McCarty, R Dawn Comstock
BACKGROUND: Pitching is a common mechanism of injury in baseball, with known risk factors for elbow injuries among adolescent pitchers. HYPOTHESIS: Elbow injury rates and mechanisms will differ between high school baseball and softball players. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive epidemiology study. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Level 3. METHODS: Baseball- and softball-related injury data from the 2005-2006 through 2014-2015 academic years were collected from the High School Reporting Information Online (RIO) Internet-based data collection tool...
October 1, 2017: Sports Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048928/epidemiology-of-shoulder-and-elbow-injuries-among-united-states-high-school-baseball-players-school-years-2005-2006-through-2014-2015
#3
Michael G Saper, Lauren A Pierpoint, Wei Liu, R Dawn Comstock, John D Polousky, James R Andrews
BACKGROUND: Shoulder and elbow injuries are common in young athletes, especially high school baseball players. Understanding the risk factors associated with baseball injuries is an essential first step in the development of injury prevention strategies. PURPOSE: To provide a comprehensive understanding of the epidemiology of shoulder and elbow injuries among high school baseball players in the United States. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive epidemiological study...
October 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024601/a-biomechanical-analysis-of-the-association-between-forearm-mechanics-and-the-elbow-varus-moment-in-collegiate-baseball-pitchers
#4
Matthew J Solomito, Erin J Garibay, Carl W Nissen
BACKGROUND: The incidence of upper extremity injury in baseball pitchers has increased over the past decade. This has resulted in a large body of research mainly focused on the kinematic and kinetic patterns of the elbow and shoulder to elucidate the cause of these injuries, with little attention on studying the associations of forearm rotation and upper arm joint moments. HYPOTHESIS: There will be significant differences in forearm kinematics and kinetics when comparing the fastball pitch with the curveball pitch...
October 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968146/changes-in-youth-baseball-pitching-biomechanics-a-7-year-longitudinal-study
#5
Glenn S Fleisig, Alek Z Diffendaffer, Brett Ivey, Kyle T Aune, Tony Laughlin, Dave Fortenbaugh, Becky Bolt, Wendy Lucas, Kevin D Moore, Jeffrey R Dugas
BACKGROUND: Pitching biomechanics are associated with performance and risk of injury in baseball. Previous studies have identified biomechanical differences between youth and adult pitchers but have not investigated changes within individual young pitchers as they mature. HYPOTHESIS: Pitching kinematics and kinetics will change significantly during a youth pitcher's career. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive laboratory study. METHODS: Pitching biomechanics were captured in an indoor laboratory with a 12-camera, 240-Hz motion analysis system for 51 youth pitchers who were in their first season of organized baseball with pitching...
September 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968139/biomechanical-comparisons-among-fastball-slider-curveball-and-changeup-pitch-types-and-between-balls-and-strikes-in-professional-baseball-pitchers
#6
Rafael F Escamilla, Glenn S Fleisig, Dave Groeschner, Ken Akizuki
BACKGROUND: In professional baseball pitchers, pitching biomechanics have not been examined for the slider, and the only known study for the curveball and changeup examined limited kinetics. Moreover, no known studies have investigated pitching biomechanics between strikes and balls. Purpose/Hypothesis: The purpose was to compare pitching biomechanics in professional baseball pitchers among the fastball, slider, curveball, and changeup and between balls and strikes. It was hypothesized that pitching kinematics and kinetics would be similar among the slider, fastball, and curveball; shoulder and elbow forces and torques would be significantly lower in the changeup; and pitching biomechanics would be similar between balls and strikes...
September 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28964676/ulnar-neuropathy-and-medial-elbow-pain-in-women-s-fastpitch-softball-pitchers-a-report-of-6-cases
#7
Adam M Smith, Thomas H Butler, Michael S Dolan
BACKGROUND: Elite-level women's fastpitch softball players place substantial biomechanical strains on the elbow that can result in medial elbow pain and ulnar neuropathic symptoms. There is scant literature reporting the expected outcomes of the treatment of these injuries. This study examined the results of treatment in a series of these patients. METHODS: We identified 6 female softball pitchers (4 high school and 2 collegiate) with medial elbow pain and ulnar neuropathic symptoms...
September 27, 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911814/the-effect-of-patient-gender-on-outcomes-after-reverse-total-shoulder-arthroplasty
#8
Stephanie E Wong, Austin A Pitcher, David Y Ding, Nicola Cashman, Alan L Zhang, C Benjamin Ma, Brian T Feeley
BACKGROUND: Gender differences may exist for patients undergoing shoulder arthroplasty. Limited data suggest that women may have worse preoperative disability and outcomes. Our objective was to determine whether gender influences preoperative disability and patient-reported outcomes after reverse total shoulder arthroplasty. METHODS: Data were prospectively collected for patients who underwent reverse total shoulder arthroplasty for rotator cuff arthropathy or osteoarthritis with a rotator cuff tear at a single institution between 2009 and 2015...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866343/clinical-outcome-of-arthroscopic-treatment-for-posteromedial-elbow-impingement-in-adolescent-baseball-players
#9
Tetsuya Matsuura, Toshiyuki Iwame, Naoto Suzue, Jyoji Iwase, Shunsuke Tamaki, Kenji Yokoyama, Koichi Sairyo
PURPOSE: To evaluate the clinical outcomes of arthroscopic treatment in adolescent baseball players with posteromedial elbow impingement. METHODS: This retrospective study evaluated the clinical outcome of arthroscopic treatment for posteromedial elbow impingement in adolescent baseball players. Patients were eligible for participation if they had undergone surgery at least 2 years earlier and excluded if they had arthritis, loose bodies, osteochondritis dissecans, ulnar collateral ligament tear, flexor/pronator injuries or medial epicondylitis, or nerve problems...
August 30, 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28865567/editorial-commentary-pitching-a-new-curve-identifying-the-etiology-of-nontraumatic-throwing%C3%A2-injuries
#10
EDITORIAL
Michael D Feldman
Loss of shoulder motion, especially to flexion and external rotation, may increase the risk of nontraumatic shoulder and elbow injuries in elite pitchers. However, the etiology of these injuries is likely mulitifactorial, and before we direct our therapists to abandon sleeper stretches in favor of flexion and external rotation exercises, further research is needed to keep pitchers off the disabled list and on the mound.
September 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28865566/decreased-shoulder-external-rotation-and-flexion-are-greater-predictors-of-injury-than-internal-rotation-deficits-analysis-of-132-pitcher-seasons-in-professional-baseball
#11
Christopher L Camp, John M Zajac, David B Pearson, Alec M Sinatro, Andrea M Spiker, Brian C Werner, David W Altchek, Struan H Coleman, Joshua S Dines
PURPOSE: The primary aims of this work were to (1) describe normal range of motion (ROM) profiles for elite pitchers, (2) describe the characteristics of shoulder and elbow injuries in professional pitchers over a 6-year period in one Major League Baseball organization, and (3) identify ROM measures that were independently associated with a future shoulder or elbow injury. METHODS: Over 6 seasons (2010-2015), a preseason assessment was performed on all pitchers invited to Major League Baseball Spring Training for a single organization...
September 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806094/the-relationship-of-throwing-arm-mechanics-and-elbow-varus-torque-within-subject-variation-for-professional-baseball-pitchers-across-82-000-throws
#12
Christopher L Camp, Travis G Tubbs, Glenn S Fleisig, Joshua S Dines, David M Dines, David W Altchek, Brittany Dowling
BACKGROUND: Likely due to the high level of strain exerted across the elbow during the throwing motion, elbow injuries are on the rise in baseball. To identify at-risk athletes and guide postinjury return-to-throw programs, a better understanding of the variables that influence elbow varus torque is desired. PURPOSE: To describe the within-subject relationship between elbow varus torque and arm slot and arm rotation in professional baseball pitchers. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive laboratory study...
November 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781975/upper-extremity-range-of-motion-and-pitching-profile-of-baseball-pitchers-in-japan
#13
Ted Sueyoshi, Takuya Nakatani, Takashi Tsuruta, Gen Emoto
BACKGROUND: Shoulder range of motion and pitch count in baseball pitchers have been linked to pitching-related upper extremity injury. PURPOSE: To investigate upper extremity range of motion and pitching profiles in baseball pitchers in Japan as well as to make a comparison between injured and noninjured pitchers. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study; Level of evidence, 3. METHODS: Forty-one Little League to college-level baseball pitchers were measured for bilateral shoulder and elbow range of motion, including shoulder internal rotation (IR), external rotation (ER), shoulder horizontal adduction (HAD), and elbow extension (EXT)...
July 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743205/do-baseball-pitchers-improve-mechanics-after-biomechanical-evaluations
#14
Glenn S Fleisig, Alek Z Diffendaffer, Brett Ivey, Kyle T Aune
The purpose of this study was to determine how often flaws in pitching mechanics identified from biomechanical analysis are corrected. The biomechanics of 46 baseball pitchers were evaluated twice, with an average of 12 months (range 2-48 months) between evaluations. Pitchers were healthy at the time of both evaluations, competing at the high school, college, minor league or Major League level. After warming up, each participant pitched 10 full-effort fastballs. Automated three-dimensional motion analysis was used to compute eight kinematic parameters which were compared with a database of elite professional pitchers...
July 25, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692836/multi-body-dynamic-coupling-mechanism-for-generating-throwing-arm-velocity-during-baseball-pitching
#15
Kozo Naito, Tokio Takagi, Hideaki Kubota, Takeo Maruyama
The purpose of this study was to identify the detailed mechanism how the maximum throwing arm endpoint velocity is determined by the muscular torques and non-muscular interactive torques from the perspective of the dynamic coupling among the trunk, thorax and throwing and non-throwing arm segments. The pitching movements of ten male collegiate baseball pitchers were measured by a three-dimensional motion capture system. Using the induced-segmental velocity analysis (IVA) developed in this study, the maximum fingertip velocity of the throwing arm (MFV) was decomposed into each contribution of the muscular torques, passive motion-dependent torques due to gyroscopic moment, Coriolis force and centrifugal force, and other interactive torque components...
August 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689823/performance-and-return-to-sport-in-elite-baseball-players-and-recreational-athletes-following-repair-of-the-latissimus-dorsi-and-teres-major
#16
Brandon J Erickson, Peter N Chalmers, Brian R Waterman, Justin W Griffin, Anthony A Romeo
BACKGROUND: Tears of the latissimus dorsi (LD) and teres major (TM) are rare but disabling injuries in the overhead athlete. METHODS: All patients who underwent an LD and/or TM repair between January 1, 2010, and June 6, 2016, with more than 12 months' follow-up were included. Demographic information and postoperative range of motion were recorded. Patients were contacted via phone and answered questions to provide the following: Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic (KJOC) shoulder and elbow outcome score, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) shoulder score, and visual analog scale (VAS) score...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654442/low-intensity-pulsed-ultrasound-therapy-for-a-symptomatic-persistent-olecranon-physis-in-an-adolescent-baseball-pitcher
#17
Kenneth Botwin, Thurston McMillen, Ariel Botwin
A 15-year-old competitive right-handed high school baseball pitcher experienced an acute onset of right elbow pain when throwing. He initially treated it conservatively with rest alone for 3 months, but on return to throwing, he was still experiencing pain. Radiographs revealed that he had a persistent olecranon physis. He proceeded with a trial of low-intensity pulsed ultrasound therapy and attained radiographic evidence of bony union at 7 months postinjury, thus avoiding surgical intervention. He returned to pitching competitively 9 months after injury without elbow pain...
June 22, 2017: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575638/elbow-injuries-in-professional-baseball-epidemiological-findings-from-the-major-league-baseball-injury-surveillance-system
#18
Michael G Ciccotti, Keisha M Pollack, Michael C Ciccotti, John D'Angelo, Christopher S Ahmad, David Altchek, James Andrews, Frank C Curriero
BACKGROUND: Elbow injuries cause significant disability for the throwing athlete. Scant data are available on the distribution and characteristics of these injuries in elite baseball players. No study exists that focuses solely on the epidemiological characteristics of elbow injuries in professional baseball players using a comprehensive injury surveillance system. HYPOTHESIS: Professional baseball players have a high occurrence of elbow injuries influenced by factors including length of time playing, time period within the annual baseball season, and specific position played...
August 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567429/are-the-current-little-league-pitching-guidelines-adequate-a-single-season-prospective-mri-study
#19
Andrew V Pytiak, Phillip Stearns, Tracey P Bastrom, Jerry Dwek, Peter Kruk, Joanna H Roocroft, Andrew T Pennock
BACKGROUND: Little League throwing guidelines have recently been implemented in an attempt to lessen the growing number of elbow injuries occurring in youth baseball players. HYPOTHESIS/PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine pre- and postseason changes seen on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in youth baseball players' elbows in an attempt to identify risk factors for pain and MRI abnormalities, with a particular focus on the current Little League guidelines...
May 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545717/preseason-screening-of-shoulder-range-of-motion-and-humeral-retrotorsion-does-not-predict-injury-in-high-school-baseball-players
#20
Sakiko Oyama, Elizabeth E Hibberd, Joseph B Myers
BACKGROUND: Shoulder and elbow injuries are commonplace in high school baseball. Although altered shoulder range of motion (ROM) and humeral retrotorsion angles have been associated with injuries, the efficacy of preseason screening of these characteristics remains controversial. METHODS: We conducted preseason screenings for shoulder internal and external rotation ROM and humeral retrotorsion on 832 high school baseball players and tracked their exposure and incidence on throwing-related shoulder and elbow injuries during a subsequent season...
July 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
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