Injury

Some Thoughts On Data And Data Sources For TJS Analysis

I’m planning a series of posts that have to do with where I get data and some of the things I’ve done with it to come to various conclusions. You may find some of these more interesting than others but I believe it is important to share thought processes and sources so that others may dive in to the depth of their level of interest.

We Can Be Deceived About The Seriousness Of The Epidemic Of Tommy John Surgeries If We Are Only Looking At MLB Pitcher Outcomes

An easy misunderstanding, of which our company hopes to rid the baseball community, is that the rates at which things happen at the MLB level are always the same rates at which those things happen at lower levels of baseball. When there is an absence of data and research at the lower levels, we usually just hope that the rates at which things happen at the MLB level, and which we can prove thanks to the greater availability of data, must also be happening at the same rate at the high school level. Our company is working toward gathering more data, particularly at the high school level, to see what conclusions can be drawn.

How Does One Go About Developing Velocity?

In a prior post I’ve described that almost all velocity development programs involve some form of long toss and weighted balls. But are you aware that there are ways to enhance velocity that have nothing at all to do with long toss or weighted balls?

What Can We Do To Help Prevent Injuries?

Throwing athletes need regular assessments that look at physical constraints such as strength, mobility, and physical imbalances. How much strength is “enough” and how much mobility is “enough” for your sport and position? Without regular assessments with a physical trainer or physician that are familiar with the unique demands of the throwing athlete, we are launching darts at a target with a blindfold on rather than addressing specific physical constraints that could be holding a player back or putting him or her at risk of injury.

What Causes Throwing Arm Injuries?

At the MLB level the thoughts behind why pitchers get injured have changed over the years. In the 1980’s it was thought that the splitter was a culprit. In the 1990’s this changed to the curve ball. In the late 1990’s mechanics came under scrutiny. While these things may all be contributors, on a logical level we recognize that age, size, strength, mobility, and training techniques also are part of the equation. The one thing we know correlates directly with injury is overuse. Injured players pitch more months, games, and pitches per year. They pitch more innings, pitches, and warm-ups per game.

Are Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) Injuries on the Rise?

We know that the average velocity of fastballs is increasing in Major League Baseball (MLB), that injuries have been on a dramatic rise over time, and that people working in the training industry and medical professions tend to work in silos. Eugene Bleecker who is the founder and director of player development for a company named 108 Performance, in California, spoke at the Texas Baseball Ranch elite pitching coach’s clinic in December of 2020. He said that the areas of motor learning, skill acquisition, kinesiology, anatomy, and biomechanics have been “working in silos” and that we “should be looking at ways of fusing these areas” in training.