This causes a lot of turmoil in the MLB: Because of the seasonal start caused by the corona crisis and postponed indefinitely, some baseball players in the USA use the unexpected forced break for an operation on the elbow.
About a quarter of all MLB pitchers have already completed the so-called “Tommy John Surgery” – a standard surgical procedure that is usually not given much attention, after all, the elbow joints are particularly stressed, especially for the throwers.
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The athletes can have their stressed joints and tendons replaced, as did Mets star Noah Syndergaard of the New York Mets: the star player underwent an operation at the end of March.
Healing time of one year
MARTIN FOURCADE: A sip of champagne at the end. Martin Fourcade won the last biathlon race of his career just a few days ago in Kontiolahti, Finland – but he was denied the planned World Cup finish in Oslo and against an atmospheric backdrop, …
… because the ski hunters end their season prematurely because of Corona. Nevertheless, the French dominator stands for incredible numbers: 78 individual victories, seven overall World Cup victories, 28 World Cup medals and seven Olympic medals
KAISA MAKARAINEN: In the stadium where she completed her first biathlon training, the Finnish woman now ended her international career
Makarainen also had to do without spectators at the home race in Kontiolahti and finished fourth. There are a total of 27 World Cup victories, three overall World Cups and six Olympic medals
MARCEL GOC: The Mannheimer explained in the podcast “DIE EISHOCKEY SHOW powered by SPORT1” that he thought: “So, now I’m going to do my last round match and then it’s about the sausage again.” Namely at the playoffs
Shortly afterwards “everything was suddenly over for the ice hockey crack.” As a 2019 champion and silver medalist at the 2018 Olympics, Goc can cede his head held high
CHRISTOPH ULLMANN: The playoffs should also have started for the veteran of the Augsburg Panthers. But the duel with the ERC Ingolstadt is also canceled because the DEL has completely declared the season over. The brutal gang check from the 2018/19 season played a major role in deciding to end his career anyway.
CHRISTOPH HOHENLEITNER: When Wolfsburg announced the end of his career at the beginning of February, he certainly would not have thought that the end would come so quickly.
JASON JAFFRAY: The Canadian in the service of the EHC Red Bull Munich (Wed.) would certainly have liked to play playoffs again, but the corona virus thwarted Jaffray.
“After this season I want to focus on my family living in Canada and go back home,” said Jaffray, explaining his decision
CHRISTINA ACKERMANN: Everything beautiful “has an end at some point”, after twelve years in the Ski World Cup “I say goodbye to competitive sport,” said Ackermann
Under her maiden name Geiger, the 30-year-old from Oberstdorf had been on the podium twice since 2008: “My body and my head are no longer willing to give 100 percent.”
FRITZ DOPFER: The ski racer also says Servus. After the World Cup final in Cortina d’Ampezzo was canceled, Dopper’s career ended prematurely.
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VINCE CARTER: A legendary NBA career may end curiously and prematurely. His last throw from a distance in the dress of the Atlanta Hawks fell through the ring as a three against the New York Knicks. Whether Carter will get a final farewell is in the stars.
But “Air Canada” does not really want to stop: “If it really was, then I thank you all for your love and support over the years,” said the 43-year-old
Especially since the previous records continue to drive: The Olympic champion in 2000 played a total of 1541 NBA games. 21 years and five weeks, 22 seasons in the US professional league – Dirk Nowitzki has never managed to do that before him
The timing of the procedure appears favorable due to the late start of the season, especially since the optimal healing time is about one year, so the idle time can now be used to recover.
But because of the corona pandemic, which is currently particularly hard on the United States, many consider a decision to have such an operation to be questionable or immoral.
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Interventions such as Thommy John Surgery should be postponed to keep hospital capacity free for corona patients, critics like American medical ethicist Lee Igel argue: “It’s a no-go, because what we have to do in the world now is not a question of people’s livelihood, but of people’s lives. ”
In the New York Times the professor criticized: “There is a big difference. It is simply not the time for a Tommy John operation.”
Explosive in the Syndergaard case: The 27-year-old received treatment in the state of Florida, who had recently prescribed that medical resources be kept free for life-support measures during the crisis.
What exactly falls under this is controversial. The Mets point to a torn tendon in Syndergaard’s elbow, which requires medical intervention. “From a club perspective, this has to be done as quickly as possible,” said the former Mets manager and today MLB network Expert Jim Duquette.
Teammate takes Syndergaard under protection
Because of the one-year competition break, other baseball stars have also undergone the procedure, including Red Sox star Chris Sale. The players defend themselves against criticism of this, teammate Pete Alonso, for example, protects Syndergaard.
“Who condemns medical needs that you have to fulfill to practice your profession?” Wrote the 25-year-old on Twitter. “Noah’s surgery or that of other athletes should not be questioned because it is performed by orthopedic surgeons, not those who fight the pandemic at the front.”
Giant debate in the United States
As the elbows heal, the discussion continues to grow – it is expected that more baseball players will have surgery on their elbows.
It is also worth noting that the name of the operation is not due to a surgeon, but rather to a baseball player.
Tommy John, who worked for the Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, California Angels between 1963 and 1989, had his injured elbow operated on this way for the first time 44 years ago.
Doctors gave the 76-year-old little chance of subsequently being able to do high-performance sport again. But Tommy John’s joint healed excellently – and the baseball surgery par excellence was born.
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