Prep baseball regulations considered as surgeries become more common

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The Illinois Athletic Association is considering changing the game for high school baseball players.

They're looking at setting pitching limits as more and more players deal with serious injuries.

Lincoln Way North Junior Matthew Blaney, recently underwent “Tommy John” surgery.

The surgery is performed on players who have overstressed their arms until the ligament is frayed or torn.

The surgery is named after the former major leaguer who was the first to have the surgery done.  It involves replacing the elbow's ulnar collateral ligament with a tendon.

The rehab is long and painful, too.

Some but not all return to original form but there's a high rate of reoccurrence and recovery is lengthy.

These days, it’s teenagers who are the having the surgery done the most. Some medical professionals call it an epidemic.

Illinois High School Association is considering a rule that would limit the number of pitches to possibly no more than 105 per game with the number of games per week limited as well.

The IHSA is scheduled to formally consider the matter in August.

Some managers believe each kid is different and some can tolerate more pitches than others. Some have better pitching form than others and days off between outings is a big factor, too.

More info about the surgery and recovery at: www.LCMOrtho.com

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