A blown ulnar collateral ligament—the UCL, in the elbow—is
among the worst injuries a pitcher can sufer. And it costs teams
millions of dollars. Sparta Science, a leader in the growing sports-tech
industry, has fgured out the answer. It’s in the legs, not the arm.
Founder Phil Wagner believes he’s uncovered other secrets
for minimizing athletic injuries while maximizing performance.
So do his growing list of competitors. Game on!
BY JEFF BERCOVICI PHOTOGRAPH BY DUS TIN SNIPES
The varus torque a
pitcher generates in
his UCL while throwing
a fastball is about
32 Newton meters.
That much torque is
at the limit of what
the elbow can
jumping. Reaching back
replicates a jump’s
“load,” and pushing of
the rubber replicates
the “explosion,” the
eccentric to concentric
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