Every year, Major League Baseball spends more than $1.5 billion on pitchers-- five times more than the salary of every NFL quarterback combined. Pitchers are the game's lifeblood. Their import is exceeded only by their fragility. One tiny band of tissue in the elbow, the ulnar collateral ligament, is snapping at unprecedented rates, leaving current big-league players vulnerable and the coming generation of baseball-playing children dreading the three scariest words in the sport: Tommy John surgery. The Arm is essential reading for everyone who loves the game, wants to keep their children healthy, or relishes a look into how a large, complex institution can fail so spectacularly.
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"In 1974, major league pitcher Tommy John was the first to undergo a new surgical technique designed to repair career-ending ligament damage in baseball pitchers. Baseball fans who know little about the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) will learn from this deep dive into the mechanics of the arm. Narrator Kevin Pierce captures the struggles and triumphs of players determined to return to their careers after suffering the ubiquitous injury and undergoing what has become a common medical procedure in the major leagues. The author travels the globe to learn details of the pitching arm, players, scientists, doctors, and many others. Pierce's varying tones help listeners understand the historical, physiological, and athletic ramifications of the game-changing surgery--now called "Tommy John surgery"--that has saved countless careers. M.B. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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