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Former Major League Speaks Out Against Tommy John Surgery

 
Former Major League Speaks Out Against Tommy John Surgery
Posted April 15th, 2014 @ 3:38pm by Steve Carney

Matt Moore's 2014 season finally came to an end late Monday night when he decided thathe would undergo surgery to repair his damaged ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.  It's a surgery that has become more and more prevalent throughout professional baseball, and one former Major Leaguer believes it's not the cure for all the injuries.

"It puts the elbow back together, but it's not the cure that everybody thinks it is," Dr. Mike Marshall, a 14-year big-league pitcher and former Cy Young Award winner told WDAE Saturday.  "They're drilling holes in your bones.  That doesn't maker your bones better.  They put tendons in from muscles that are nowhere near as strong as what you're born with.  They don't heal like the ulnar collateral ligament can heal.  It's not the right way to go.  The right way to go is to eliminate the flaw that is causing the problem.

Marshall, who received a doctorate in kinesiology from Michigan State, says the flaw concerns ligaments that are not meant to carry a number of stress being placed in more and more stressful positions.

"Ligaments do not apply force, they just hang on to bones.  Muscles apply force," Marshall said.  "So if you want to keep the elbow strong, you use the muscles that hold the two bones together in the elbow."

Marshall says pitchers are being taught techniques that do not use the muscles, and Tommy John surgery is being done on players in almost a precautionary measure.

Listen to the entire interview with Dr. Marshall below!

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