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Dr. Christopher Ahmad Interviewed on MLB Tonight

December 21, 2018

Columbia Orthopedics Chief of Sports Medicine and Head Team Physician of the New York Yankees Christopher S. Ahmad, MD was interviewed on MLB Tonight. Dr. Ahmad discussed the epidemic of Tommy John surgeries in pitchers and the dangers of early sports specialization, which leads to an increase in youth baseball injuries. Dr. Ahmad explained why this increase in Tommy John surgeries is occurring in the major leagues:

“It’s becoming so routine - players think it is a rite of passage. It’s part of being a baseball player. It’s inevitable.”

Dr. Ahmad spoke in depth about how this surgery can be prevented based on research he continues to conduct:

“We looked at pitchers who had complete games and compared them to a control group – pitchers on a major league level who did not throw a complete game, and we found something astonishing. The numbers are that if you throw a complete game, the chances of going on the DL is 74%. A control group never having thrown a complete game – they go on the DL at a rate of 20%.”

View the interview with Dr. Ahmad here.

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

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