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.
Those of you that have trained with us previously already know the breadth and depth of our training programs. Given our recent move to Paramus, NJ, for all of our new friends and neighbors in north New Jersey, I would like to personally give you a welcome to one of the most comprehensive facilities for training and developing pitchers and baseball players.
This off-season is already off to a fast start. With athletes from middle and high schools all over, and professional ball players from various MLB teams (including the Twins, Padres, Diamondbacks, Orioles, Rockies, Reds and Devil Rays) already having joined us, I would have to say this is going to be our best off-season yet.
I wanted to bring to your attention a recent Podcast that I participated in with Patrick Jones Baseball. Patrick is one of the premier hitting coaches in the US and he has been running a podcast for quite some time. We covered a wide variety of topics but here are a few that stand out:
Using strength / mobility to help adjust mechanics
Velocity-Based Training (VBT)
Reading kinematic sequence charts and related information
Mechanical differences between loose and tight movers
I feel lucky to do what I get to do. Some of my most rewarding experiences have come from watching young athletes get stronger, more athletic and honestly just crush it on the field. Strength is still the foundation of most athletic qualities; the best part is, it’s also the most trainable. And let me start this article by saying this:
The Pitching Lab is a unique training program specifically designed to produce the “complete pitcher”. It’s 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 program.
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Too many players at all levels either (a) treat their warm-up like a hassle or (b) simply don’t do it properly. With the rise in injuries, every player needs to take warm-up seriously. The program below is meant to provide you with a comprehensive and easy protocol similar to that being done by top professional baseball players. A proper pre-game routine should take 15-20 minutes before you pick up a ball.Continue reading “Baseball Pre-game Warm-up Routine”
Velocity… It’s the one thing that seems to be the most sought after, yet few know how to deliver it effectively. Everyone thinks they know how to do it. But there are many different threads that need to be weaved into a safe and effective velo program. Today, we’re going to go over what I believe to be some of the key points to look for in an effective velo program and honestly, they should ALL be present. Here we go…
If you haven’t noticed by now, we spend a lot of time getting our athletes to be more powerful. When it comes to pitchers this brings up the obvious topic of velocity. While we don’t hang our hats on the “V” word exclusively, we do realize whether we like it or not, throwing gas is what gets the attention of most high school players searching for a great learning institution (education), fame and/or fortune.
Not all throwing and hitting motions are created equal. Some guys rely more on strength, some guys elasticity (facial tissue) and some are simply genetic “outliers” (there’s that fascia again). But close analysis, in not only numerous studies but also from my own experience at the facility, reveals that there is one common denominator why hard throwers create effortless velocity and command, as well as power hitters creating high exit velos behind the plate.