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Shoulder injuries in baseball pitchers could be prevented with 3-D motion detection system
Date:4/23/2013

rhythm was improved, but still not completely restored.

  • Three pitchers (23 percent) showed deterioration in the scapulo-humeral rhythm after pitching, and the deterioration persisted even after 24 hours. This group appears to be the most at risk for shoulder injuries, Tonino said.

    The study demonstrates the feasibility of using the portable tracking system to identify college-age pitchers who are at risk for shoulder injuries. To prevent such injuries, Tonino said at-risk pitchers could undergo strengthening exercises and physical therapy.

    Tonino has surgically repaired thousands of shoulder injuries. But even the most successful surgery and rehabilitation cannot completely restore a shoulder to the full function the player had before the injury. Therefore, the best strategy is to prevent injuries, and the motion tracking system can help in that effort, Tonino said.

    Tonino and colleagues next plan to test the tracking system on Little League pitchers.

    Tonino is Loyola's Program Director of Sports Medicine. He is a professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.


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  • Contact: Jim Ritter
    jritter@lumc.edu
    708-216-2445
    Loyola University Health System
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