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Do Pitching Mechanics Change After Surgery?

December 4, 2014

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Surgery to repair the pocket of the shoulder called the labrum, known as the “SLAP tear”, has increased 458% in the past 10 years.

And since only 57% of pitchers return to their previous pitching ability, do pitching mechanics change after surgery?

Now a new study say YES:



Pitchers after SLAP shoulder surgery were 12.3% more upright at ball release
, with a forward tilt trunk angle of 30.2 degrees compared to 34.4 degrees in pitchers with no surgery history.

As a result, the researchers concluded:

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