thedude wrote:BTW the reason pitcher typically throw harder after TJ operation is because of the workout regime they have to go through while recovering. If your teammate works hard and does what the doctors tell him there is an exceptionally good chance he will be as good or better than he was before.
Exactly. I think people automatically assume that it is the intervention that causes the improvement directly, but this isn't the case. Ligaments are simply structural, with no contraction. Therefore improving the integrity of one in the elbow won't do a lot to help you throw harder. A lot of the time, it just means the pitcher no longer is throwing with pain, therefore they feel better and can perform at maximum levels.