Baseball throwing injury prevention app released by Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Kevin Wilk
In response to the increasing rates of “Tommy John” surgery as a result of throwing injuries, this app has been released to help young baseball players prevent injuries and safely participate in sports. The purpose of this app is to provide information about safe participation that keeps players out of the operating room.
The app includes an overview of baseball throwing injuries, statistics, and general guidelines for prevention. The app then divides recommendations into Pre-Season and In-Season sections. In Pre-Season, videos are included that demonstrate how to perform 5 different stretching exercises, with instructions to complete them daily. Next, the player performs the “Throwers Ten” which includes videos of 20 more exercises that should be performed with 10 repetitions, 3-4 times/week. Lastly, there is advice for a throwing progression with a module that talks the player through the distance and number of throws to build up.
The In-Season module includes a warm up with stretching (same videos), a thrower’s ten band workout (more videos), a throwing warm up and a pitching warm up. The app includes a pitch-count tool which can be modified for the patient’s age, rest days, and maximum pitches desired (and advised).
Overall, the app has a very high production quality and includes important information from leading surgeons in the field of throwing injuries. They estimate a 60% reduction in throwing injuries if used properly.