Injury Prevention

The Champion Within on NBC

The NBC series, “The Champion Within" features the powerful and inspiring stories of successful athletes who exemplify what it really means to be a champion. Hosted by Lauren Thompson of Golf Channel’s "Morning Drive," "The Champion Within" introduces audiences to professional and amateur athletes who have overcome obstacles to ultimately achieve transcendent moments in the world of sports.

Overuse Injury Epidemic: How We're Failing Today's Youth

Written by Greg Bach 

Years ago, a father from Minnesota brought his 12-year-old son with an achy elbow down to the famed Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Ala., to be examined by renowned surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Dugas.

The youngster was pushing 6-feet and firing fastballs in the low 80s; and his dad was happily reciting how many no-hitters his son had already thrown and savoring all the strikeouts he had recorded.

Most Tommy John Surgeries Are Performed On Teenage Baseball Players

Andrew Nuss goes through the motions as he stands on the pitcher’s mound in the same public park where he started playing baseball when he was five years old.

Over the years, he’s developed quite a fastball—reaching speeds of 87 miles an hour.

Andrew, who’s 18 now, hopes to play Major League Baseball. That’s why he had Tommy John surgery last May to replace the torn ligament in his elbow.