If your child is a pitcher, he/she has about a fifty-fifty chance of
experiencing pain in his/her elbow or shoulder during his/her baseball
career. Not surprisingly, baseball has been the most widely studied
youth sport in the United States, so that the risk factors for overuse injuries are well-established.
More than 8 out of 10 of high school and collegiate pitchers undergoing so-called Tommy John elbow reconstructive surgery are able to return to their pre-injury level of performance after 9 months to a year of rehabilitation, a 2011 study finds.