The position statement included the following: "Performance-Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) may enable the athlete to achieve disproportionately strong muscles that overwhelm the UCL and lead to injury." What is the basis for your thinking in this regard and are there any studies that support this statement?
a recent study by MLB and ASMI showed no differences in pitching biomechanics between professional pitchers with a history of Tommy John surgery and professional pitchers with no history of injury.
I have not seen this study. Have a link?
Does the above quote contradict the following statement?
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PROFESSIONAL PITCHERS AND TEAMS FOR REDUCING RISK OF TOMMY JOHN INJURY
1. Optimize pitching mechanics
These studies are cited at the bottom of the pages, so you can search for these articles. No, these two quotes does not contradict each other, what Dr. Andrews is saying is the biomechanical process of the pitchers after they had Tommy John Surgery is the same as those of pitchers that never had them, this is to diffuse the myth that some people think their body somehow works differently after they had the surgery. Good pitching mechanics can reduce the chance you need to have this surgery in the first place.
Last Edit: May 29, 2014 10:54:48 GMT -6 by whiteflare
"Furthermore, a recent study by MLB and ASMI showed no differences in pitching biomechanics between professional pitchers with a history of Tommy John surgery and professional pitchers with no history of injury."
So you're saying it's not pitching mechanics that destroys the UCL. But then, you say (as your #1 recommendation)...
"Optimize pitching mechanics to ensure using the whole body in a coordinated sequence (kinetic chain)."
So, it is the pitching mechanics that destroys the UCL.
And what are the "optimum" mechanics? Clearly not the ones that the guys who've had TJ surgery are using, otherwise they wouldn't have had the surgery. Or would they?
This was also what jumped out at me. The people with a history of problems SHOULD have different mechanics than people that don't have problems. If this is not the case, then it points to something other than mechanics being the main cause...