We are happy to be bringing you a series on the Perceptions vs. Reality of the UCL (Tommy John) issues that are prevalent in the game of baseball today. We have joined up with Daryl and Adam Moreau from FlexPro Grip in this 12 episode series. Each episode will last around 15 minutes, so that we don't overwhelm you with too much information all at once. Below is a breakdown of the episodes and you can always book a free consultation with us anytime during this series!
Episode 1 - Who is Flex Pro Grip? What is the Flex Pro Grip? Direct and blunt answers!
Episode 2 - Current state of UCL tears in the MLB and the rise of tear numbers throughout all of baseball!A) Number and percentage of MLB pitchers with tears
B) Recovery success percentages
C) Likelihood of needing a revision (repeat surgery)
D) What does the high school landscape look like
Episode 3 - Reconstruction vs. RepairA) Age ranges
B) Success Rate
C) Where the tears occur/what makes a player a candidate for a repair vs. Reconstruction
D) Where grafts are taken from for reconstruction
Episode 4 - Rehabbing after UCL reconstruction A) Current protocols
B) Time table for a return
D) Different approaches to rehab: 1. Total body strength 2. Isolation of limb
Episode 5 - What is considered a successful UCL surgery?A) Public perception of UCL tears/UCLtears.com
B) Surgery Rating Scales. Do rating scales measure what matters most to pitchers
C) What does “Return to Sport” really mean?
D) Suggested improvements to rating scales
E) Impact of UCL tear on velocity
Episode 6 - Alternative treatment methodsA) Who is a candidate
B) Rehab success rates
C) PRP success rates
D) Stem Cell
E) Other options
Episode 7 - What are we really talking about when it comes to the UCL? A) Chronic vs. Acute Injury - because of the lack of knowledge and understanding about the UCL overall in baseball and the physio/rehab industry this is vital to get across to the audience.
B) Anatomy of the UCL - 3 ligaments/not 1
C) Which ligament tears
D) What is torque and understanding how much is placed on the elbow when throwing
Episode 8 - Based on your research and studies, Why does the UCL tear? A) Cadaveric Studies
B) Valgus loading
C) UCL Strength
D) Acute to chronic workload ratios
E) Possible risk factors - 1. Arm Slot 2. Mechanics 3. Weighted balls, long toss, breaking balls, velocity, pitch counts, inning limits
Episode 9 - Prediction of tears?A) Predicting when tears occur
B) Asymptomatic MRI studies
C) Commonalties amongst tears
D) Does where you grow up matter
E) Can a formula for a future tear candidate be created
Episode 10 - Can Mechanics, Strength and Mobility Prevent UCL Tears?A) Balance
B) Glenohumeral internal rotation deficit
C) Tight Hips
D) External rotation of the throwing shoulder
E) Trunk rotation/hip shoulder separation
Episode 11 - What can be done to reduce the risk of tearing your UCL?A) Mechanics
Episode 12 - Bonus Episode!
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