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Quintin Time!! Quintin Time!: Another Arm Pain Case Study

Quintin Pile has a new arm and a new walkout "song" for his next season with the Wofford College Terriers. Picture this: The coach makes a visit to the mound and motions for right hander out of the bullpen. The anxious crowd cranes their necks to get a glimpse of the bullpen gate. Just before it opens, the public address system blares this: Quintin Time!! Quintin Time! Last winter we worked with one of Quintin's teammates, a Senior righty named Connell Anderson who was operating on the last...

The Dangers Of Training Corruption

More Is Just More: Last weekend I flew to Houston to help Coach Ron Wolforth at The Texas Baseball Ranch with a 3 day Elite Pitchers Boot Camp. I am honored to be a member of the staff at a place where instructors and students are free to innovate and experiment to find better ways to learn and to teach throwing. They pay me to help them, but I would do it for free just to experience my favorite part of every camp – Julio’s Mexican Grill (Formerly Rico's Hacienda)! The camps begin at...

Tommy John? No Thanks. I’ll Throw 90 Instead

Last November, I got a call from my friend Jason Burke, the pitching coach at Wofford College, a formidable D1 program in Spartanburg, SC. Jason told me he had a pitcher he needed some help with. The pitcher’s name was Connell Anderson, a senior righty who had missed the entire fall due to elbow pain. During the 2014 spring campaign, Connell was a starter on the Terriers’ squad, but about half way through the season his elbow started to bother him. It got worse as the year went on, and by...

Pitcher’s Funny Bone Ain’t So funny

Two summers ago, within about a 3 week period, we had 3 high school kids who came to us with medial elbow pain and numbness and tingling into their pinkie and ring fingers.  Any time a pitcher complains of pain on the inside of the elbow, you worry about damage to the UCL -- the dreaded Tommy John surgery.  But sometimes it's not the Tommy John ligament at all. Here is a rudimentary field test to see if you might have damage to the UCL.  It's called "The milking test."...

Scars Live Forever!

Yesterday was one of the coolest days of my professional career. I’ve been in Physical Therapy practice for over 21 years, and I continue to learn more every day. Yesterday, I had the privilege of scrubbing in and observing a UCL reconstruction done by Tampa Rays team physician, Dr. Koko Eaton. It was a joy to watch a master at work. Over the years I’ve seen lots of surgeries (labrum repairs, rotator cuff repairs, UCLs, ACLs, Total hip and knee replacements). I can’t begin to describe...

What Caused My Son’s Injury? Questions From a Loving Father

I recently received a very interesting e-mail from the devoted father of a young pitcher here in Florida. He was referred to me by, Kyle Boddy, of Driveline Baseball in Seattle, Washington. Kyle is a very bright and progressive thinking pitching instructor. His ideas are always intriguing, and while we don’t always agree on everything, our approaches are at least in the same ballpark. The father's email (which he also sent to Kyle) was long, thorough, well-conceived and asked many...

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