Steven Inch Works His Way Back
TGB client Steven Inch underwent Tommy John surgery in August, 2014. He shares his experiences in the time leading up to the operation and the rehab process thus far.
"Its been quite a different off-season for me than I have had in the past five years. Three months in from Tommy John surgery, I am still in Florida working closely with the Phillies' training staff with sights set on 2015. Before the surgery I had many concerns about how this would affect my life and my career. Many things were up in the air and it was not easy to hear that I would have to put my career on hold for a year to rehab an injury. This is when Blake and Gianmarco gave me some much needed encouragement and advice. The Phillies' training staff had supported me up until this point and had given me the option to go to whichever doctor I wanted. My agents left no stone unturned when they researched what doctors were the most historically successful. They sent me a report on players who had had received Tommy John surgery and what the implications were on their velocity and longevity in the game. True Gravity also helped me navigate some of the difficult conversations that come along with surgery. In the end, we chose to go with Dr. David Altchek and my experience with him was great. Throughout the procedure and in the time immediately afterwards, I wholeheartedly felt that I had gone with the best choice. I was soon able to focus on rehab and not whether or not the structural integrity of my elbow was in question. Today, three months later, I have progressed fairly easily and on schedule. I still have some soreness at the end ranges but other than that, I am starting to feel like an athlete again. I have just started lifting my upper body and I am starting some plyo ball throws as well. I have no doubt in my mind that I will be able to pitch again and with more effectiveness. I am very excited about how good I can be in the very near future".