Profile: Sakiko Oyama

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

Dr. Saki Oyama is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition. She collaborates with investigators within and outside of UTSA, and mentors students from UTSA and University of Texas Health Science center. She is a Nationally Certified Athletic Trainer, and the Director of the Applied Biomechanics Research Laboratory.
Dr. Oyama recieved her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science (concentration in Athletic Training) from the Oregon State University. After earning her degree, she became a Nationally Certified Athletic Trainer. While working as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for 2 years, she earned her Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She started working at UTSA in 2012 after receiving a Doctorate degree in Human Movement Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Could Video Prevent Injuries in Young Pitchers?

These days, it seems like elbow surgery for pitchers is a rite of passage. Whether it’s stars like Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez or lesser-known players like Colorado Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino, the number of pitchers going under the knife to correct torn elbow ligaments – so-called Tommy John surgery – continues to rise. To date, 988 of these procedures have been performed. But in recent years, numbers have skyrocketed. Today, 25% of major league pitchers have had the procedure done, while 40% of all Tommy John surgeries are being performed on adolescent ballplayers.

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