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Thumb UCL Sprains – Understanding Mike Trout’s Injury

Mike Trout, the Los Angeles Angels’ star outfielder, will undergo surgery tomorrow for a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his left thumb. The injury occurred – as most of these do in baseball – when the 25 year-old slid into second on a stolen-base attempt on Sunday. Trout, who throws and bats right handed, had an MRI later that day that confirmed the tear. This will be Trout’s first stint on the DL and it will be for a significant period.

We talk about the UCL at the elbow a great deal in baseball, as it is the ligament most often torn by pitchers and subsequently reconstructed with the Tommy John procedure. At the base of the thumb, just as at the elbow, the UCL

Patellar Tendon Rupture – The Spurs Final Post Season Injury

On Monday night, the San Antonio Spurs bowed to the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. It wasn’t much of a contest. After another stellar regular season, early playoff injuries robbed the Spurs of veteran point guard, Tony Parker (quad tendon rupture), and the electric small forward, Kawhi Leonard (ankle sprain). On Saturday, when Spurs’ center/power forward, David Lee partially tore his patellar tendon, it was all but over.

Patellar Tendon Ruptures
Most ruptures of the patellar tendon occur when

Explaining Isaiah Thomas’ Hip Impingement

The Boston Celtics announced on Saturday that Isaiah Thomas, their 28-year-old star point guard, re-aggravated a “right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear” in game two of the Eastern Conference Finals against Cleveland. The injury will keep him out for the remainder of the playoffs and may require surgery. The initial insult to the hip occurred on March 15th and it was evidently exacerbated in a semifinal round contest on May 12th.

What is Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)?

When abnormal contact occurs between the head (ball) of the femur and the acetabulum (the socket), it generally results in

Aroldis Chapman’s Rotator Cuff Strain – Another NY Closer Out

Yankees’ closer Aroldis Chapman was placed on the 10 day DL last Sunday with what was reportedly diagnosed as a rotator cuff strain. He had evidently tried to work through discomfort in his last two outings, the combination of which caused his ERA to jump from 0.79 to 3.55.

Four muscles that serve different functions essentially fuse at the shoulder to form the rotator cuff tendon. However,

A Closer Goes Down With an Axillary Blood Clot

Jeurys Familia, The Mets’ 27-year-old closer, was diagnosed with an arterial blood clot in his right shoulder yesterday. Though he’ll likely be out for a while, if not the duration of the season, Familia is fortunate that this was caught now. Further testing is underway to determine if surgery is indicated.

A study that examined the effects of throwing on upper extremity arterial blood flow found that

MLB & Those Pesky Obliques

Those Pesky Obliques

On any given day there are a significant number of MLB players out with oblique strains. These injuries can keep a player on the DL for longer than expected. Here’s a little insight as to what these muscles do and why injury is so prevalent.

First a little background on the “core”

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