Tommy John believes there has been a recent epidemic throughout Major League Baseball when it comes to using the surgery that bears his name.
For those that don’t know, a Tommy John surgery is also known as a UCL reconstruction in which the ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow is replaced with a tendon from elsewhere in the body. John was the first to undergo the procedure back in 1974.
A quarter of the way through the baseball season, 18 Tommy John surgeries have already been performed. The record being 35 operations in the 2012 season.
John, the 70 year old baseball icon, stated in an interview with TeamSnap that the year long youth baseball schedule is partially to blame for the amount of men needing the procedure.
“I think what these kids do in youth baseball can lead to Tommy John surgery. They pitch year-round,” John said.
He also advises that parents don’t push their kids to play baseball year round. Other sports are a great substitute to stay active and let their arms rest.
There is no doubting the effectiveness of the procedure. John stated that he never missed a start in 14 years after his surgery.