Javelin star Alex Pascal’s season is over through injury and he will have surgery to a problematic elbow in a few days.
The 19-year-old student returned to the University of Missouri Sunday for treatment known as Tommy John surgery on his right ulnar collateral ligament that he damaged during training and he also strained some of the muscle in the forearm.
The injury came through intensive preparation for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland in three weeks’ time and other major tournaments such as the NACAC Under-23 championships in Kamploops, Canada, and Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz Mexico.
Pascal is disappointed because he was throwing impressively in practice.
Despite the setback, he is being positive about it, saying he wished that it never happened, but it’s better to have happened now rather than next year and for him to miss the world championships or the following year when the Rio de Janeiro Olympics are held.
Pascal’s coaching team believe the injury is similar to what Major League Baseball pitchers regularly get as well as elite javelin throwers.
There has been a recent prevalence in the U.S. with the amount of young pitchers sustaining this same type of injury. Many undergo surgery and return to pitching.
In the past, when this treatment was not around, athletes were forced to retire or just continue to compete in pain.