The Best of 2017 – Pitching Articles

By Nunzio Signore (B.A., CSCS, CPT, NASM, PES, FMS)

As we get closer to a new year I would like to look back and get a bit reflective. A few years ago, I started a series in which I posted the most popular blogs of the year. These are the articles that received the most traffic, according to our hosting statistics. It seems to be a favorite of everyone, so here we go again with Part 1, covering the top 5 most popular pitching-related articles. [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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How to Maximize Your Training… The System is Flawed

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

As coaches and trainers, we have a big responsibility to fully develop our athletes, so they can perform at their best.  At the same time, we are expected to keep them healthy to give them the best chance to play at the highest level. But, while arm injuries continue to rise in baseball players (specifically pitchers), we’ve come to realize that pitchers are the worst prepared athletes to step on an athletic field. Take note I didn’t say worst athletes, I said worst prepared. Bottom line, the system is flawed. [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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Analyzing Spin Rate and How to Incorporate it into Training Pitchers

By Robbie Aviles (RHP Cleveland Indians, Pitching Lab Coach)

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There is no doubt that the pitching world is begin taken over by new information.  MLB’s Statcast system, Trackman radars and Rapsodo cameras and devices are showing up everywhere measuring velocity, spin rate, spin axes, among other things.  And pitchers and coaches are digging in to see how to include all this information in their preparation and training. [Read more…]

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Protecting the UCL (Tommy John Ligament)

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

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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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Throwing 1x per Week Simply Doesn’t Cut it

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

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The pitching police tend to fall into one of 2 categories. You have those that believe:

  • there are only so many bullets in the gun “crowd”, and then,
  • there are those who believe you can load as many bullets as you need.

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Parents… Stop Wasting Your Money – Part 2

By Bahram Shirazi (BSEE, MBA, Co-owner RPP)

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When I wrote this article on ball players wasting their money, I didn’t think that there would be a Part 2 (click here for Part 1) or a Part 3.  But then we were provided with several years of showcase results and data by a showcase operator.  So, here we go with “Stop Wasting Your Money – Part 2” related specifically to pitchers (Part 3 will cover position players).

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Pitching Lab… How We Merge Pitching and Strength Training

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

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The Pitching Lab is a unique training program specifically designed to produce the “complete pitcher”. It is truly a merger of strength training (in the weight room) and pitching (inside the nets).  Most players that haven’t trained with us probably don’t appreciate how intertwined our strength training is with our pitching / throwing program.

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