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November 30th, 2012

Surgery at Mayo puts softball pitcher back in the game

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Associate Margaret_Marie

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 »

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Tags: Audra Duncan M.D., Brittany Rathbun, Matthew Clark PhD, thoracic outlet syndrome

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