Addressing and Treating Trunk Tilt at Foot Strike – Part 2

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

In Part 1 (click here), we the concept of an excessive trunk tilt, how to identify it and some things physically that could help cause it. In Part 2, we’ll take a look at why it can be harmful to the shoulder and elbow and some things we can do to help get us a little more on the “straight and narrow”. [Read more…]

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Weighted Ball “Holds”… Oh No, Not Again!

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

It’s time to start throwing and sure enough, here come the videos of pitchers performing weighted ball holds using mechanics that don’t come close to resembling proper throwing mechanics, no lay back, no whip action and poor hip rotation at finish to name a few. So why do many pitching coaches do them? [Read more…]

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Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Headed

By Nunzio Signore and Bahram Shirazi

As we get closer to the end of another year here at RPP, it seems like a good time to reflect back on 2017, and provide you with a glimpse of where we might be headed in 2018. [Read more…]

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Addressing and Treating Trunk Tilt at Foot Strike – Part 1

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

Many times, when analyzing video of our young pitchers, I’ll come across what I call trunk tilt at foot strike. It’s quite common in younger throwers and is characterized by an excessive lean (tilt) contralaterally towards your left side at ball release (if you’re a right-handed pitcher and vice versa). The head becomes tilted, facing away from the driveline and gives the appearance that the athlete is getting ready to launch the ball over a three-story building. [Read more…]

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Protecting the UCL (Tommy John Ligament)

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

Elbow Image

A recent study in The Physician and Sports Medicine showed that 29% of youth baseball players up to the age of 12 reported episodes of shoulder or elbow pain.  Another report in the Journal of Arthroscopy noted 31% of pitchers up to the age of 22 have experienced an arm injury as well.  Over a third of Tommy John procedures performed are done on youth pitchers.

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Interview with Kinnelon’s RHP Paul Cannarella (coming off Tommy John Surgery)

FullSizeRenderWe are here with Kinnelon’s Paul Cannarella.  Paul came to us in the fall of his senior year and has been training with us for almost a year.  He graduated from Kinnelon High School this year and unfortunately during this spring season he hurt his elbow.  He had Tommy John surgery and he is now on his path to recovery.  I thought it could be a great interview and learning experience to hear Paul tell his story first hand.

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Top 9 Reasons Pitchers Get Injured

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

Leading Causes of Pitching Injuries

It’s no secret that the numbers of youth injuries in baseball are staggering. Even with the implementation of pitch counts, youth injuries not only continue to rise but account for many of the injuries ball players eventually suffer later in their careers.  Here we go we my Top 9 Reason Why I believe pitchers are getting injured… [Read more…]

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Top 9 Reasons Pitchers Get Injured – Part 3

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

Top Injury 3 1

In the final piece of this three part series (click here for Part 2, here for Part 1) on injury and its mechanisms, we’ll look at shutting down, ramping-up and poor strength training programs. [Read more…]

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Top 9 Reasons Pitchers Get Injured – Part 2

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

Top Injury 2 1

In Part 2 of this 3 Part series (click here of part 1), we’re continuing down the path of injuries and what I believe to be many of the main perpetrators…

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Top 9 Reasons Pitchers Get Injured – Part 1

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

Top 9 - Part 1 1

It’s no secret that the numbers of youth injuries in baseball are staggering. Even with the implementation of pitch counts, youth injuries not only continue to rise but account for many of the injuries ball players eventually suffer later in their careers. Below is a chart of my top 9 leading causes of pitching injuries:

Leading Causes of Pitching Injuries

In Part 1 of this 3 Part series we’ll start to look at what I believe to be some of the main reasons why. [Read more…]

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