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Sobering Shoulder/Elbow Statistics for Baseball Players

Posted Sep 07 2008 7:56pm

Stastics Don’t Lie

We don’t think it will happen to us - but it’s got to happen to someone - that’s just the way it is - statistics don’t lie.

A study led by Dr. Steven B. Cohen, assistant team physician for the Philadelphia Phillies and reported on the website Science Daily, revealed the following:

  • 45% of baseball players who have shoulder or elbow surgery were able to return to their previous level or higher
  • players who had elbow surgery were more likely to reach their previous level of play or higher than players who had shoulder surgery
  • for AA, AAA or major league players, only 18% were able to make the comeback

Prevention is the Key to Long-Term Success

The study was also reported on in the Tucson Citizen, where Cohen and co-author of the study, Dr. Gerard Varlotta said, “stretching and strengthening exercises are key for preventing injuries in professional - and recreational - players.”

Take the time to warm-up and cool-down, stretch and strengthen your shoulder. It could make all the difference for you and your shoulder.

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