Muscle Strength Helps Avoid Injury
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Friday, May 08, 2015 12:00 AM

The strength of a baseball pitcher's arm muscles may play a larger role in elbow injury risk and prevention than previously thought, a new study suggests.  "Muscles matter in baseball. We showed that a pitcher could be at a really high risk or a really low risk of elbow injury, depending on how strong and capable his muscles are," study author James Buffi, a recent Ph.D. biomedical engineering graduate from Northwestern University, said in a school news release.  This study shows that muscles play a part. If you're not accounting for muscles there could be at a really high risk or a really low risk of injury depending on the strength and capability of the muscles.

Biomedical engineers developed and used a new computer simulation to analyze what a player's muscles do when they pitch and how the muscles affect injury risk. "Pitchers are literally throwing so hard that the motion itself acts to tear the elbow joint apart. But why doesn't it? The answer is the strength of the muscles and the ligaments. That's what keeps the bones together," the researcher explained.

"Our study shows that muscles play a part. If you're not accounting for muscles, even if you know the total elbow load on a pitcher, he could be at a really high risk or a really low risk of injury depending on how strong and capable his muscles are," he added.


Source: http://consumer.healthday.com/fitness-information-14/baseball-or-softball-health-news-240/muscle-strength-helps-baseball-pitchers-avoid-injury-698280.html