Little Johnny wants to become a pro baseball player, but it all starts with little league. Dr. Grant H. Garcia shares his expertise on baseball injuries starting at the little league level and above. Dr. Garcia has authored over 70 publications in prominent peer-reviewed journals including the American Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, and Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Dr. Garcia was named a Seattle Met Top Doctor in 2019 & 2020.
We discuss common baseball injuries, such as shoulder and elbow injuries, specifically UCL tears (Tommy John), pitching, the importance of proper rest days, and adhering to the pitching guidelines by littleleague.org. Is there an increased risk of injury when a player only plays a specialized sport all year long? Are there adverse effects of teaching kids how to throw breaking balls at an early age? We cover many topics and address concerns that parents and coaches may have. It's a great show and highly thankful for Dr. Garcia's time on this important topic.
Dr. Grant H. Garcia has published over a dozen papers on this topic and his work has been featured widely including ESPN.com, Orthopedics Today, and AAOS Now. Dr. Garcia was an assistant team physician for the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox. During residency, he also cared for players on the New York Giants, New York Mets, US Tennis Team, New York Rangers, New York Knicks, and Brooklyn Nets as well as many collegiate athletes.
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