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Surgery at Mayo puts softball pitcher back in the game

Posted on November 30th, 2012 by Margaret Shepard

Brittany Rathbun playing softball

Brittany Rathbun returned to collegiate softball after surgery at Mayo Clinic.

When softball pitcher Brittany Rathbun developed thoracic outlet syndrome — a narrowing of the subclavian vein, which runs from the heart down the arm — a rib resection (removal) at Mayo Clinic restored function in her hand and put her back in the game.

Today, female athletes are experiencing many of the same sports-related injuries their male counterparts have for decades. "We're playing more types of sports and playing more competitively than ever before," says Brittany Rathbun, a fast-pitch softball player. "I not only delivered 80 to 100 pitches per game, but also did weight training on a regular basis to strengthen my upper body." Read the rest of this entry »