Tommy John Research Paper

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“Ninety-nine out of a hundred [99/100] throwers that get hurt, they get hurt because their primary mover is the arm and the shoulder, and not the hip and the trunk, where your power and your explosion come from.” - John Coddington. Surgery on the Ulnar Collateral Ligament is called “Tommy John Surgery.” Tommy John surgery is an operation in which the ligament in the medial elbow is replaced with a tendon from somewhere else in the body. (Andrews, 1) It has become a common part of a baseball player's career, and it does not need to be necessary. Tommy John Surgery has actually become a huge part of every level of baseball. Doctor Frank Jobe is known as “The Godfather” of the surgery. (Smiley, 1) He was first exposed to medicine at age eighteen when he served as a medical supply sergeant in World War Two, in the 101st Airborne Division during the Battle of the Bulge. The very first Tommy John Surgery was performed by Doctor Jobe. The surgery was in 1974, and the patient’s name was Tommy John. (Deford, 1) Doctor Jobe gave Tommy a one in one-hundred chance of ever pitching again. The majority of people think …show more content…
(Tommy John Surgery, 2) In certain instances, partial tears can be managed with rest and appropriate rehabilitation. Complete tears in professional athletes typically need surgery in order to allow the pitcher to return to their pre-injury level of play. The procedure happens in roughly sixty to ninety minutes, in which only a portion is the actual reconstruction of the Ulnar Collateral Ligament. Fifteen percent of people lack the tendon that’s most commonly used to repair the damaged ligament. Recovery and return to pitching after the surgery can take upwards to 18 months. Usually most pitchers do very well after surgery, however, about five to ten percent of pitchers are never able to return to their pre-injury level of play. (Roegle,