Just so everyone is clear the article said 790 Tommy John surgeries from 2007-2011. 158/year.
I searched how many kids play baseball in high school and it looked like 455,414 kids play baseball.
Let's say 158/year have TJ surgery. This would mean 90 - 15-18 year olds out of 455,414 are playing too much baseball.
Doesn't sound like too much of an issue when you compare it to ACL injuries or concussions.
Kids are not ready to pitch in high school anymore because of how they are brought up throwing in LL. They get to High School and the coach wants to pitch the kid and he is only used to throwing 2-3 innings/game.
Here is an injury that is rampant.
There are between 250,000 and 300,000 ACL injuries per year, and they're almost exclusively happening to athletes. The chances of a nonathlete suffering an ACL injury are 1,000 to 1
over 1.2 million knee injuries in high school athletics during this time frame. 2005-2011
This number is a lot more of an issue but nobody worries about it.
I know I have read somewhere over the years that the LL pitch counts were based on and included the fact that they knew many kids were playing and throwing more outside of LL and year round and so their limits took that into consideration and are probably conservative for that reason. As much as anything I think LL is very conservative because it forces more kids to play the position. Maybe the HS associations are wanting the same increase in participation???
I am not sure if we have seen or know of the long term effects of having TJ at such a young age. Will it mean the same player needs it again in 3 years? 5 years? 10 years? ever? In 10 years that kid is still under age 30. *** EDIT - Chances of a kid having TJ at 18 and still being a professional baseball pitcher at age 28 has got to be minuscule.
I agree kids today get babied and in HS many just don't build the stamina to go 7IP but then again a lot of these kids are throwing a lot more year round too.
Do I dare ask if a player making overhead volleyball serves gets put on a serve limit to protect their rotator cuff?
Just to "stir the pot" a little bit, the better comparison might be is if a QB is put on a limit as to how many passes he can attempt in a game....
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