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We found evidence for successful RTP rates in professional baseball players following conservative treatment of a UCL injury

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Why is it important?

Current evidence supports high success with RTP rates up to 100% after nonoperative treatment of grade 1 UCL injuries in professional baseball players and between 66% and 94% for a grade 2 and above.


Nonoperative treatment for partial UCL injuries in professional baseball players can be a difficult decision to make but this appraisal helps support conservative treatment which can give confidence to professional baseball players who do not wish to undergo surgery and lose play time.

Nicole Cascia
University of Kentucky

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This page is a summary of: Return to Play Following Nonoperative Treatment of Partial Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries in Professional Baseball Players: A Critically Appraised Topic, Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, February 2019, Human Kinetics, DOI: 10.1123/jsr.2018-0110.
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