Major League Baseball Players with the Hook of Hamate fractures Return to their Pre-injury Performance levels following Operative Treatment

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Major League Baseball Players with the Hook of Hamate fractures Return to their Pre-injury Performance levels following Operative Treatment

A team of scientists from NYU hospital of joint diseases highlights that the hook of hamate fractures of Major League Baseball (MLB) players can be treated and players may get their pre-injury performance levels back following operative treatment.

The players of Major League Baseball (MLB) show the higher prevalence rate of the hook of hamate fractures. However, the effect of these fractures on the performance of players has not been explored yet. Michael S. Guss and colleagues conducted this retrospective case-control study with 18 MLB players to determine their performance level after getting treatment for the hook of hamate fractures.

The selected patients were incurred from 1989 to 2014 for over 26 seasons. Press release, players profile (from sites like www.baseballreference.com and www.mlb.com) and injury reports were used to extract selected patients. Player's number of years in the league, position, age, injury mechanism, and management were documented. For wins above Replacement, individual season statistics for two seasons exactly before and two after the injury was noticed. By matching player's performance statistics, age and position, eighteen controls were assessed. The execution of the performance comparison of cohorts was also done. The comparison of post injury performance with preinjury performance and matched-controls were taken as study's primary outcome.

The mean seasons of MLB experience before injury noticed was 4.4 along with mean age 25.1 years. The nondominant batting hand went through all the injuries. All the players got the treatment. Win above Replacement showed no considerable change during pre and post injury comparison.  In addition, Win above Replacement exhibited no declined performance during first and second season post injury as compared to matched controls.  This increased the chances of players to recover from injury and retain their performance levels back.

Source

Journal of Sport Rehabilitation           

Link:

https://journals.humankinetics.com/doi/full/10.1123/jsr.2017-0071

The original title of the article:

Performance Outcomes After Hook of Hamate Fractures in Major League Baseball Players

Authors:

Michael S. Guss et al.

SearchTags: 
Hamate Fracture, Hand, Retrospective Case-control Study
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