past few years have seen what is coming to be regarded as an epidemic of
injuries to pitchers.
Elbows, in particular, seem to be failing
at un-precedented rates.
I have been studying this problem for approaching 10 years,
reading literally every journal article and textbook I can get
my hands on, talking to doctors, and shooting and studying
thousands of clips of pitchers. As a result of that research, I
have come to a number of conclusions about what is happening and why.
This piece started out as a single essay about the pitcher
injury and Tommy John surgery epidemic. Over the past few years,
I have expanded it into a webbook entitled
The Pitcher Injury and Tommy John Surgery Epidemic Explained.