October 2019 / 3 posts found

I Don’t Have To Be Better Than You.

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I played college baseball at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina — The ONLY Military Academy in history to make it to the Division 1 College World Series. They did it in 1990, 4 years after I graduated — they had to get rid of some deadwood like me before they could make their run. We played in the Southern Conference. Still, every year, our schedule featured 10-12 games against powerhouse teams like North Carolina, Clemson, South Carolina, and NC State. By…

My Shoulder “Itised”

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The other day I was sitting on my couch watching a playoff game, and out of nowhere, my shoulder “itised.” I mean, I was just sitting there minding my business and BAM! The “itis” hit me. Nearly every other day, we get a call from a player or a parent or coach of a player with arm pain that has bee diagnosed as tendonitis. The cycle they report is eerily familiar. The player feels a little pain in their shoulder or elbow after throwing. It’s nothing major -just a pinch…

The Corruptive Potential of The Current Return to Throwing Protocol

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When I was 18 years old, I had Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstructive Surgery, or Tommy John, as it is more popularly known. A week later, I moved into my dorm at Spartanburg Methodist and began the hardest year of my baseball career. While there were several obstacles I had to overcome, without question, the most challenging was the standard return-to-throwing protocol.  I was relentless in my physical therapy work. I lost 30 pounds (I was fat. I needed it), and I became an absolute monster…