Improve Throwing Velocity: Plyometric Training for the Shoulder

So you have spent the off season working hard on endless squats, lunges, and box jumps to improve leg strength for a powerful push off. And you also trained the core with tiring planks, chops, and medicine ball tosses to transfer that power efficiently, but you find that you are still just shy of reaching… Continue reading Improve Throwing Velocity: Plyometric Training for the Shoulder

Improve Throwing Velocity: Throw With Your Hips, Not Your Arm

Improving throwing velocity is the Holy Grail that all baseball pitchers seek, probably with more resolve than Indiana Jones.  Be honest, how many of you pitchers have Googled “how to improve pitching speed/velocity”? Maybe that is how you found this article. Chances are you have come across a plethora of information on the web, all… Continue reading Improve Throwing Velocity: Throw With Your Hips, Not Your Arm

How to Avoid Tommy John Surgery Part III: 5 Necessary Exercises to Avoid Injury

Now that you know the risk factors and improper pitching mechanics that can lead to excessive valgus stress at the elbow, you are probably wondering what exercises you can do to strengthen the elbow to combat this stress. If you remember back to part I of this blog, we talked about the tensile strength of… Continue reading How to Avoid Tommy John Surgery Part III: 5 Necessary Exercises to Avoid Injury

How to Avoid Tommy John Surgery Part II

In last week’s blog, we took a look at some risk factors that can place excessive valgus, or inside out, force on the elbow and place pitchers at higher risk for developing injury to their medial ulnar collateral ligament (MUCL), which is repaired by the famous Tommy John surgery. These risk factors included a larger… Continue reading How to Avoid Tommy John Surgery Part II

How to Avoid Tommy John Surgery: The 3 risk factors for injury

If you are a baseball pitcher, player, or just a fan of America’s greatest pastime, then chances are the phrase “Tommy John Surgery” makes your heart skip a beat and a knot in the pit of your stomach. This infamous injury has plagued many of the great pitchers in baseball: John Smoltz, Tim Hudson, John… Continue reading How to Avoid Tommy John Surgery: The 3 risk factors for injury

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