American Sports Medicine Institute newest advocate is the 'Doc': 4 things to know

Written by Eric Oliver | September 07, 2016 | Print  |

As the American Sports Medicine Institute continues to stress and research the importance injury prevention in combatting UCL tears, former MLB pitcher Roy "Doc" Halladay is advocating for the organization, according to SportTechie

Here's what you need to know.


1. Mr. Halladay began visiting ASMI towards the end of his career in an effort to continue pitching.


"Towards the end of my career, it became very important to know, 'OK, where am I at? Is there something I can improve to take the pressure off my arm, what's it going to be.' That's a key for any pitcher, it's arm health."


Now retired, Mr. Halladay takes his two sons to ASMI so the physicians can work with them to develop better mechanics to hopefully prevent UCL tears.


2. ASMI has been capturing pitchers arm motions through the use of 3D imaging since 1989. Near the millennium, the organization began focusing its work on injury prevention instead of rehabilitation.


3. Glenn Fleisig, MD, research director at ASMI, said "75 percent of the players the organization works with are focused on injury prevention."


4. Mr Halladay is not the only pitcher to visit ASMI for consultations. CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees and former Oakland Athletic and San Francisco Giant Barry Zito both went to ASMI.


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