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Fastballs Increase Odds of Elbow Injury

A new study shown in HealthDay News has found that pitchers throwing more fastballs have an increased chance of an elbow injury that requires "Tommy John" surgery. This surgery, named after the pitcher who was the first to have the operation, is an ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction which replaces the UCL with a tendon from the same arm or hamstring. Research shows that the MLB pitchers who had Tommy John surgery averaged sevent perfect more fastballs than pitchers who didn't have the surgery.

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