Why Tommy John Surgery is an Epidemic

Since last night’s Mets – Phillies game was washed out, perhaps you can get your baseball “fix” by listening to “The Fix” — a weekly podcast I do with sport kinesiologist Angel Borrelli.

In Episode 6, Angel and I discuss Matt Moore‘s elbow injury and whether it was due to throwing the change-up. Further, is the change-up a dangerous pitch? Also, Angel describes the secret to velocity. Listen below:

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In Episode 7, we continue discussing the change-up and how different pitching grips can affect the forearm and elbow. Angel also goes into detail to explain the difference between a biomechanist and a kinesiologist, because it seems that most baseball journalists think of biomechanics and kinesiology as the same thing (they’re not). Finally, Angel offers her theory on why Tommy John Surgery has become an epidemic, and further, how it can be prevented. Listen below:

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You can listen to all episodes of “The Fix” on BlogTalkRadio.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Murder Slim May 1, 2014 at 10:11 am
    Fascinating stuff. It’s truly laughable that any team wouldn’t have a kinesiologist / sports technician on their staff. I worked with one after having shin splints as a kid, and got precisely two injuries in my (British) sports’ career… both broken bones in my hand that were “fluke” injuries.