When looking at sports, you see good things that happen to athletes but then you also see bas things. Some of the bad things that happen to athletes are them doing stupid things outside of the field or as bad as injuries. Injuries are something that do not happen to only athletes but also to normal people in there everyday lives. There can be bad injuries that happen to an athlete that can keep them away from their loved game for a while or they can have a small injury that some people can play through. Looking at either of these, we have to know that in both cases, there are some ways to prevent the injuries and also, some ways to get back quicker during rehab.
We focus into one sport that is baseball and we can see that there is a very bad injury that happens to players all the time. This injury is a tear of the UCL inside the elbow. Usually to fix this, a doctor has to take a ligament from another part of the person and wrap it around the torn ligament inside of the elbow making the elbow stronger then it ever has been. We hear this and we can think that no other surgery would have someone stronger then where they started. The surgery came from a pitcher back in the day by the name of Tommy John who was the first to have this injury so it was based off him.
An article was wrote on the website of ESPN that gave some importance to the surgery itself. While reading the article, i came across three bullets that marked the surgery trying to make people more aware of it. The three things that this article said were:
- Everyone has a successful outcome
- The surgery improves performance. And perhaps the most troubling of all:
- Young players should proactively seek Tommy John surgery to “prevent” a future problem and “enhance” performance.
We look at these three things and can only think as to why we don’t have the kids get this operation done at a young age. It is never going to happen. Kids arms are precious when they are young and in an article in which a man quoted words of his own to the parents of young pitchers. He says,”I want to encourage the families and parents that are out there that this is not normal to have a surgery at 14 and 15 years old. That you have time, that baseball is not a year-round sport. That you have an opportunity to be athletic and play other sports. Don’t let the institutions that are out there running before you guaranteeing scholarship dollars and signing bonuses that this is the way..” Kids love to play, but the ways sports are going now, they are overdoing it and its leading to earlier injuries in the arm.
To conclude this, we need to know that playing sports is not something that every kid gets to do. Some kids would love to play but just maybe don’t have the athletic ability or maybe something wrong with them. We need to know that at young ages, its more about having fun and learning to understand and get a better feel, not push the athlete over the top. Kids need to learn how to love the game, not hate it because they are being pushed to hard. Yes as they get older, if they still have what it takes, they will be pushed more and injuries become more common but there are ways we can stay away from injuries happening so early.
By the Time a Pitcher Arrives in Professional Baseball, the Wear and Tear on His Elbow Might Be Significantly Greater than It Once Was, Making Him More at Risk for Tommy John Surgery Early in His Career — and Consequently, More at Risk of Needing a Revis. “What We’ve Missed about Tommy John Surgery.” ESPN.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Nov. 2016.
“John Smoltz Warns Young Players about Tommy John Surgery in Hall of Fame Acceptance Speech.” USA Today. Gannett, n.d. Web. 06 Nov. 2016.