This interview is a follow up to a Pioneer Press feature on the Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers clinic in Evanston that is working to reduce arm injuries related to poor mechanics and overuse. Read that story here.
Dr. Anthony A. Romeo is the co-team physician for the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls. He specializes in the management and surgical treatment of shoulder and elbow problems, serving as the head of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery in the Division of Sports Medicine at Rush University Medical Center.
Freelance reporter Jon Kerr spoke with Romeo recently. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.
JON KERR: What is the most common mistake young pitchers make?
DR. ANTHONY A. ROMEO: “We still believe the most common mistake is too many throws. Kids aren’t keeping track of how much they are throwing. There is good data that shows if they throw too many, their shoulder gets tired, and when it gets tired, injuries occur more frequently. First is the elbow, then the shoulder.”
KERR: How does fatigue lead to injuries?
ROMEO: “Throwing a baseball is a very complex mechanism. It stems from the foot plant, through the hips and core muscles and shoulder. Pitchers are holding on to a ball very tightly and trying to direct it into a very specific area. When they get tired, they forget to use their lower body mechanics and their core to drive energy to their arm and put the ball in the right spot.”Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, Q-and-A