Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on May 31, 2016 14:53:35 GMT -6
I recently finished reading Jeff Passan’s new book, The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports. This book was amazing.
Although I have spent much of my professional life studying the prevention and treatment of injuries in baseball, The Arm was an unprecedented, comprehensive journey through the science and folklore of pitching injuries. I gained insight from early “treatments” such as pulling teeth to today’s “Tommy John” epidemic in Japan and the U.S.
The challenge of baseball safety falls on all of us, and our best chance of success is understanding where we’ve been and what is known today. Whether you are a physician, scientist, parent, player, coach, fan, or other person invested in baseball, it would be well worth several hours of your time to read the book based upon Jeff Passan’s four-year investigation.
Post by thepainguy on May 31, 2016 15:07:59 GMT -6
Jeff Passan spends six pages of The Arm discussing my work and me, and I found that portion to be fundamentally dishonest. He makes his "case," such as it is, via omissions, half-truths, and out of context quotes. He also seems to have a major problem with confirmation bias.
I discuss the problems with The Arm in this overview...
Here's a note Dr. Douoguih sent me with respect to his study, and as a result of a lie that Passan told me and that Dr. Douoguih refutes in his first sentence.
I never told (Jeff Passan) that we didn't invite you. I would not say that.
I didn't realize this study would create such a firestorm.
I told him that our data showed an increased injury rate requiring surgery in pitchers who exhibited the inverted W, it just didn't reach statistical significance. Because it did not reach statistical significance I can't make the claim that the inverted W increases injury risk.
My hunch is that it does.
I appreciate your pioneering efforts and would never try to discredit your work in a malicious fashion like that. I know we don't really know each other that well but I do hope that you don't get too down on yourself because people want to shoot down your effort to shed light on a complex subject.
It usually means that you're on to something.
Thus my belief that Jeff Passan is a fundamentally dishonest person.
In general, if Jeff Passan was truly interested in helping to address the epidemic, why did he only spend a few sentences discussing the Douoguih study of the Inverted W and timing, sentences that are focused on trying to discredit me, instead of spending a paragraph, a chapter, or even the whole book discussing the Douoguih study's implications?