It’s the time of year when youth baseball programs from little league to high school start thinking about spring workouts. Their inspiration is often fueled by the thousands of Royals fans descending on Surprise, Arizona to watch the Royals at spring training. While the Royals players are great role models to younger athletes on the mechanics of the game, team doctors from The University of Kansas Health System have tips to share for staying healthy and avoiding injury so players at home can train like the pros in Arizona. They are presenting daily Facebook Live episodes from training camp, and a series of recorded training tips aimed at helping school-aged ballplayers perform better.
Preventing “Tommy John” elbow injuries may seem to get all the attention in Major League Baseball. But, physicians and trainers are still working hard on preventing all throwing injuries by looking at the entire body…wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip and legs…involved in the throwing motion. In the video, Vincent Key, MD, head team doctor and orthopedic surgeon with the Sports Medicine and Performance Center at The University of Kansas Health System says he calls the motion the Kinetic Chain.