Full Armor Pitching tip: Does Long Toss Increase Pitching Velocity Or Increase The Risk Of Arm Injuries? I have been conversing with my colleague Dick Mills recently. Dick recently spoke at The American Sports Institute baqnquet along with the well known Dr. Andrews (Sports Medicine). Dr. Andrews has done more Tommy John Elbow surgeries than anyone. As I have been saying, “when will pitchers stop long tossing and doing idiotic towel drills or throwing weighted balls which only increase the chances of arm injury”. I know this article is somewhat long, but if you truly want to know how to
Full Armor tip: Do You really want to follow your dream? You know, since i was five years old, I have been playing sports. Now at 52 years old, I continue to be involved with athletes, giving them the best that I can offer as a trainer and life coach. I know how important dreams are to these players because they tell me all the time, I want to do this or I want to do that. Having played professional football for a brief time, having battled cancer back in 1981 and beating it, now being a major leagus baseball
Full Armor Pitching tip: Part 2 (The stride) We left off last time discussing the importance of the back leg drive and how it effects the pitcher’s stride length. We know from the law of physics that Mass x Speed is the formula for velocity or power. In order to maximize that equation, the timing of the pitching movements has to coincide with maximizing power. The stride is one of the first lower body movements which helps to maximize power by creating static energy. That energy is then taken and provided to the upper body in the form of stabilization.
Pitcher’s back leg drive Many of the players that come in to our training sessions seem to be lacking some real good substantial back leg drive. Not on purpose, but because they have never been taught what produces energy or should I say, what causes a pitcher to loose velocity. The back leg is “mucho important” when trying to maximize velocity. Why, because it helps with overall mechanics and produces “static energy”. That energy should be used as the beginning of power in the pitcher’s delivery. Now that the hockey is back, watch your favorite team/player and see how the
Full Armor tip: (Pitching) Everything produces energy! No matter what your pitching mechanics look like, you will always find a way to produce energy to throw a baseball. However, if those mechanics are not timed properly, it could lead to arm soreness or injury, not to mention a drop in velocity and control. I find myself using an analogy with our players that involves the Apollo 13 spacecraft. If you remember, this was a movie directed by Ron Howard starring Tom hanks which depicted the real life event about how are Astronauts were having difficulty getting back to planet Earth
I love asking the players this question. They usually say, the curveball or a fastball or something like that. No, the best pitch in baseball is: Strike one! Not a 95 MPH fastball. Not a curveball that drops off the table. Strike one! Throwing strikes is the name of the game. No pitcher will argue against the benefit of getting ahead in the count by attacking the strike zone. So, why is strike one and getting ahead in the count so important? Mentally for a pitcher, at strike one, your confidence increases. You know you have the advantage, and your
What are you looking at today? Not with your eyes, but with your heart? In other words, what is in the forefront of your emotions? Are you constantly dwelling on your problems or things that have happened in your past? Maybe you made an error which allowed the other team to score, or maybe you struck out with the bases loaded. I got news for you, it may not be the first time and it may not be the last. But real ballplayers know that better days are always ahead, unless you keep thinking defeated thoughts. In the physical world,