Hey guys, saw this section of the forum was kinda dead do i thought i would pop my head in and try to get it going. I had tommy john on tuesday and was wondering if anyone else had. Does any one have any tips for me? this was my first arm problem and i wanna use this next year to get in great shape and everything, any advice is appreciated.
There wasn’t a specific time that jumps out at me that says boom I needed surgery. I got into a freak collision with my first basemen back in march where his knee hit my elbow and after that, the pain set in so that is my guess as to where it started. I went to a doctor immediately and he said that it was just a pinched nerve and I could throw on it without further damaging it as long as i wore this tennis elbow brace he gave me. He told me to take a month off after my season and I would be fine. I threw from March to August with this pain thinking it was nothing more than a pinched nerve and after taking a month off, I came back and began throwing and the pain was still there. i went to a different doctor in downtown Chicago and he knew right away something was going on in the medial collateral ligament and requested an mri immediately, something the first doctor never did. He got the mri and found a complete tear in the mcl and scheduled surgery right away. He said during surgery he found a tremendous amount of seperation between the ulna and humerous bones and also found the complete tear he was looking for. He said he was amazed that I could even throw a ball with that kind of destruction in my elbow let alone throwing the hardest I ever have, hitting 87 in mid july.
I began working with my uncle after he purchased all of your products and doing video we found i had many faults. I don’t have the video but he should somewhere on his computer. We worked on getting my momentum going prior to hand break, pushing the ball down out of my glove to get into high cocked later in the delivery, having a good strong landing position with my lead leg and staying sideways longer and getting down the mound as fast as possible. I recently purchased your book on explosive mechanics and am waiting for its arrival so I can study more. My mechanics improved over time helping me hit 87 but I know I can hit 90 with more and more work. My progress will be set back a little bit due to surgery but now I have a year to work on getting my entire body into more athletic shape and working on my mechanics for a full year without having the stress of a season put on my arm. I’m excited to work hard with your mechanics because I feel I can be a huge success story for your program when I put in the work and dedication. It’s been three weeks since surgery and my range of motion is coming along well.
I can try and get the old footage for you if you’d like to use me as an example for your other clients, I will also post video of my new mechanics in the coming months when I can begin working on mechanics. If there is anything else you would like to know, just get back to me, you can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions as well.
Have you found the cause of your surgery?
A key is to get your body functionally trained so you can produce force and stablize those forces so your arm does less. This of course must be coupled with good mechanics.
Do you have any video of yourself pitching prior to your surgery?
Also use this time to gain some mental muscle as well as functional explosive strength.
Hey Jim, how is rehab coming?
Rehab is going well. I’m going to physical therapy 3 times a week to increase range of motion. I am almost at full range of motion, I’m less than ten degrees away so everything is going well. I’m excited to see my progress its already been a month since surgery. I go back to the doctor December 3rd and I’ll get out of my brace at that time and able to begin isometrics at that time. Thanks for checking, I appreciate it.
Keep us/me up with your progress. It will be interesting to see if you come out of this with better numbers thans pre surgery.
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