Today was an interesting day at work....one of my trainer friends told me about Tommy John surgery.....it is reconstructive surgery for the elbow.....the same type of injury in the elbow that prevented me from going pro... i think...... im doing research for it.....
i have found this article saying that a promising junior has had the surgery....
can any find tennis pros who on the tour had the surgery??? thanks!
New update...I went to Resurgens in windy HIll in marietta GA...I Saw doctor
Baker had had serious knee injuries, and I believe surgery, as a junior, and his professional career stalled with his hip the primary culprit during his early 20s. Baker went back to school, to Belmont, in his hometown of Nashville, and although training and practicing with area college and junior players, hardly played competitively. This summer he qualified for and won the Pittsburgh Futures, and he reached the semifinals in a September Futures in Canada, but he did not play many of the tournaments he originally entered this summer and fall. He lost in the first round of qualifying in Charlottesville, but this week at the $50,000 Knoxville Challenger, he qualified and has now reached the quarterfinals after yesterday's 6-2, 6-3 win over Charlottesville champion Izak Van Der Merwe of South Africa.
In this article from the Knoxville News Sentinel, Baker reveals that he had Tommy John surgery, which I had never associated with tennis players before, in addition to his hip surgeries. It's certainly reasonable to wonder how much tennis his body can withstand, but there's no doubt he felt compelled to find out.
I'm not suggesting any moral to this story, other than predictions are difficult, life takes unexpected turns and luck plays a role in any career. Baker's had enough bad luck for two tennis players, so I'm hoping he has a Alex Bogomolov-like surge still ahead of him.
ScienceDaily (Feb. 19, 2011) — Despite known risks and outcomes of the common elbow procedure known as Tommy John surgery, parents, coaches and players still have incorrect assumptions regarding player performance, say researchers presenting their study at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Specialty Day in San Diego, CA on February 19th.