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What would be the cause of a rotator cuff tear in a baseball pitcher?

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Dr. Brian Badman
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Force

The act of throwing a baseball imposes a tremendous amount of force thru our rotator cuff in a short period of time.
Improper mechanics and the shear nature of time can result in gradual failure of the tendon. The greg maddux's and jamie moyers of the world are few and far between for a reason.

In brief: Force

The act of throwing a baseball imposes a tremendous amount of force thru our rotator cuff in a short period of time.
Improper mechanics and the shear nature of time can result in gradual failure of the tendon. The greg maddux's and jamie moyers of the world are few and far between for a reason.
Dr. Brian Badman
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Dr. Allen Lu
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: External rotation

The normal pitching motion involved rotating the shoulder to an extreme position.
This position places the glenoid (or socket) right up against the rotator cuff. It can be a completely normal phenomenon for some pitchers to gradually develop a partial or even full rotator cuff tear and not have any symptoms. In those cases, repairing the rotator cuff can be quite detrimental.

In brief: External rotation

The normal pitching motion involved rotating the shoulder to an extreme position.
This position places the glenoid (or socket) right up against the rotator cuff. It can be a completely normal phenomenon for some pitchers to gradually develop a partial or even full rotator cuff tear and not have any symptoms. In those cases, repairing the rotator cuff can be quite detrimental.
Dr. Allen Lu
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