Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, March 25, 2020 -- "The Broken Hammer of Thor"

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"The arc of the last 40 years is that we used to break pitchers by using them too much, on a seasonal and game basis, leading to overwork injuries of the shoulder. The emphasis on not doing that, on lowering intraseason and intragame workloads, allowed those pitchers to throw more often at maximum effort. That shift seems to have only moved the injury nexus down about nine inches along the humerus."