Westchester Health’s Eric Small, MD Featured in Wall Street Journal Article on Youth Baseball Pitching Injuries

Eric Small, MD, Pediatric and Adult Sports Medicine specialist with Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Medical Director of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine with Westchester Health, and assistant clinical professor of pediatrics, orthopedics and rehabilitation medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, is featured in a June 6, 2016 article in The Wall Street Journal, commenting on the alarming increase in recent years of youth baseball players with worn-out shoulders and elbows from over-pitching. Many of these young athletes require Tommy John surgery, which involves remaking the UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) with a tendon from another part of the body or a donor. A UCL tear results from overusing the elbow.

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Pitching Injuries On The Rise Now That It’s Baseball Season

Spring is here, which means baseball season, which typically means an increase in youth pitching injuries, according to Eric Small, MD, a former star Little League pitcher, current baseball coach for 16 years and a Pediatric and Adult Sports Medicine specialist with Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Many Tommy John shoulder surgeries (ulna collateral ligament tears) are performed at this time of year, and unquestionably one of the main culprits is increased baseball pitching.

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