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Dr. Chris Ahmad Interviewed by CUIMC About Youth Baseball Injuries

August 20, 2018

Columbia Orthopedics Chief of Sports Medicine and Head Team Physician of the New York Yankees and New York City Football Club Christopher S. Ahmad, MD was featured in the Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) Newsroom article “To Prevent Injuries in Young Baseball Players, Chris Ahmad Reaches Out to Parents.” The article discussed his work on two books aimed for all readers that were published in the last year: Understanding Tommy John Surgery and How to Avoid It: A Guide for Young Baseball Players and Play Ball: Don’t Let Injuries Sideline You This Season. In the discussion, he covered his thoughts on early sports specialization:

“Young players should not play on multiple baseball teams so they’re pitching too much during the season,” he says, “and they must take some time off to let their bodies recover.”

Complications resulting from overuse injuries in pitchers:

“Ten years ago, high school draft picks showed good looking elbows on their MRI scan,” says Ahmad. “Today, many of these 18-year-old players show up in the scans like 30-year-old veteran free agents.”

And busting myths about Tommy John surgery:

“While the elbow is not the same, we would like to see in the future similar efforts to protect the elbow,” says Ahmad. But for now, “if parents encourage their children to play basketball or other sports during the winter, limit their baseball participation to a single team, allow them to sit out games, even tournament championships, when their elbow is hurting, we will reach our goal.”

Read the article for more thoughts from Dr. Ahmad.

Follow Dr. Ahmad on Facebook and Twitter for more insights on overuse injuries in youth baseball players.

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