Dr. Keller in the News

Source : The Washington Post, March 25th, 2015: Two Tommy John surgeries may be too much of a good thing for MLB pitchers

The Washington Post

Tommy John surgery has saved the playing careers of thousands of amateur and professional baseball players since surgeon Frank Jobe developed it in 1974. Jobe tried out the orthopedic procedure, technically known as ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, on pitcher Tommy John, who went on to pitch for 13 more years and retired from baseball at age 46.

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Source : Forbes Magazine, November 20, 2014: Innovation in Healthcare Exemplified at Henry Ford Health System

forbes magazine

Detroit has had its difficulties, but there are many signs of a comeback. One organization that’s leading the way in Motor City is Henry Ford Health System, founded one hundred years ago by the automotive innovator of the same name.

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Source : The Denver, February 13, 2016: Tyler Chatwood attempts return to Rockies’ rotation after second Tommy John surgery

The Denver

The scar running beneath Tyler Chatwood’s right elbow is his baseball timeline. It illustrates his perseverance and his frustration. It’s a reminder of what he has done and what he must still overcome. There is no doubt in Chatwood’s mind that he can return from his second Tommy John surgery and become a stabilizing force in the Rockies’ rickety rotation.

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Source : New York Times, May 21, 2016: Fastballs Can Lead to Tommy John Surgery, Study Finds

Fastballs Can Lead to Tommy John Surgery

About a quarter of major league pitchers have had Tommy John surgery, and the reason for the epidemic has been unclear.Various studies have suggested that pitching mechanics, the anatomy of a pitcher’s arm, curveballs, pitching fatigue, pitch velocity or just pitching too many innings could be the problem.

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Source : Prime Time Sports, June 8th, 2016: TV/Radio Simulcast Interview

Fastballs Can Lead to Tommy John Surgery

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Source : USA Today, May 24, 2016: Study shows connection between fastballs and Tommy John surgery

USA Today

In baseball’s enduring struggle to understand the root cause of the Tommy John epidemic, there have been many losses and Pyrrhic victories. All that’s missing is an actual answer, leaving teams to digest correlations and presumptions. This month, more data came out that will only further muddy the conventional wisdom about pitching and what causes injuries while doing it.

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Source : Sports Illustrated, June 15, 2016: Throwing curveballs – not fastballs – linked to Tommy John Surgery

Sports Illustrated

After picking up the grip and technique from the black and white photos of Tom Seaver’s The Art of Pitching, Barry Zito threw his first curveball at age seven. Fifteen MLB seasons and thousands of curveballs later, Zito retired with one Cy Young award, two World Series rings and a perfect elbow.

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