Prevention of Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) Injuries in Minor League Pitchers

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University of Kansas

Status

Unknown

Conditions

Complete Tear Ulnar Collateral Ligament
Upper Extremity Injuries
Elbow Injuries
Sprain Ulnar Collateral Ligament
Strain of Ulnar Collateral Ligament

Treatments

Other: Exercise program
Other: Strengthening program

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT02749760
STUDY00000174

Details and patient eligibility

About

This is a study of the muscle stabilizers of the elbow with respect to the prevention of Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) injuries in pitchers. Pitchers are assessed at spring training and end of season for approximately 5 years. Pronator, flexor digitoum superficialis (FDS), and wrist flexion strength will be measured and correlated with upper extremity injuries and time missed from pitching. The investigators will also be measuring loss of strength over the season. The goal is to learn whether strength in these muscles prevents UCL injuries and finally whether these muscles can be strengthened to avoid such injuries.

Full description

The goal of this study is to assess whether the strengths of the secondary muscular stabilizers toward valgus stress at the elbow, the wrist flexors, flexor digitorum superficialis, and pronator teres emanating from the medial epicondyle, affect the incidence of ulnar collateral ligament injuries of the elbows in pitchers. Pitchers in the minor leagues of a single professional baseball club will have the strength of these secondary muscular stabilizers assessed and then correlated to ulnar collateral ligament injuries and time missed from baseball season and subsequent seasons. A secondary goal is to assess whether strengthening exercises targeted toward these muscular stabilizers of the elbow can decrease the incidence of ulnar collateral ligament injuries in young baseball pitchers. This could impact the field by changing the emphasis from reconstruction and rehabilitation of ulnar collateral ligament injuries to prevention.

Enrollment

175 estimated patients

Sex

Male

Ages

18+ years old

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

Pitchers that are currently on a minor league baseball team.

Exclusion criteria

Pitchers that currently have upper extremity injuries or are in active rehab for upper extremity injury.

Trial design

Primary purpose

Screening

Allocation

N/A

Interventional model

Single Group Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

175 participants in 1 patient group

Minor league pitchers
Other group
Description:
Minor league pitchers from a single professional baseball organization. Strength tests of the elbows will be administered at spring training and end of season for 5 years. If strength correlates to injury, strengthening and exercise programs may be established to target the stabilizers of the elbows.
Treatment:
Other: Strengthening program
Other: Exercise program

Trial contacts and locations

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