By Michael Lembo (BS, Pitching Coordinator at RPP)
Pitch development is a big part of the overall training culture here at RPP. Once athletes have developed a good base of body awareness in the weight room as well as throwing volume it’s time to steer the focus on getting guys out. In other words, getting pitches to move while throwing strikes.
Earlier this year, we posted a 4-week throwing program for pitchers looking to maintain their arm health and capacity. The weekly programs include several throwing drills to help address mechanical issues and to develop more efficient movement patterns. Many of these drills have been made popular through the work of Ron Wolforth, Randy Sullivan, Tom House and Driveline Baseball to name a few. We’re not re-inventing the wheel here, just giving you our combination of what has worked for our athletes through trial and error over the years. They are as follows: Continue reading “Patterning an Efficient Delivery with Throwing Correctives”
Here at RPP, the value and importance of our assessments cannot be stressed enough. When it comes down to creating an athlete’s programming from both a strength and throwing aspect, it’s pretty simple. If you program without a thorough assessment, you’re basically flying blind.Continue reading “How We Use Data to Develop the Complete Pitcher”
Pitching is a MOVEMENT and should be analyzed as such. In a 3D analysis such as the mocap assessment that we use here at RPP, there are many important metrics. Specifically there are timing and angular velocity issues that you can’t see with the same amount of accuracy when using a static assessment or 2D video analysis. Knowing WHEN these movements are happening at various points in the delivery, and for certain metrics the SPEEDS at which they are happening, can be more telling than simply looking at static positions.
Until not long ago sports-related motion capture systems (mocap) were primarily available in research labs, rehab facilities or biomechanics departments at universities. Historically, much of the work in this arena has been performed by biomechanists who specialize in the study of movement in biological systems, including human beings. They generally use the principles of physical mechanics combined with biology to understand:
How biological systems move
How they can move more effectively and efficiently
Why they sometimes get injured and how to reduce the incidence of injury
Two prominent figures in the world of baseball mocap have been Dr. Glenn Fleisig and Dr. James Andrews, dating back to 1985 with their work at the American Sports Medicine Institute (“ASMI”).
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This article is about correcting a mechanical issue with mobility/stability drills. It is NOT meant to replace adjustments in timing in the delivery by a coach. We always try to coach the athlete into better positions to help feel and move more efficiently on his own before going back to the drawing board / assessment. Continue reading “2 Great Exercises to Help You Post-up”