December 2016 / 4 posts found

Should We Really Try To Eliminate All UCL Stress?

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Last week the mailman delivered the monthly edition of my favorite medical journal, The American Journal of Sports Medicine! Like a kid on Christmas Morning, I immediately dug in searching for any pearl of wisdom that might help my students. I came across a study reporting the results of stress ultrasound imaging of the UCLs in young pitchers. 1 You can read the entire article by CLICKING HERE, but I will summarize… Researchers performed ultrasounds while stressing the UCLs of 102 youth and…

“You Know… It’s Always Something”… But It’s Never One Thing.

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Last week I was on a plane heading back from a Road Show when a guy noticed my Florida Baseball Ranch logo and asked whatI do. When I told him, he responded with another question. “So what do you think is causing all these arm injuries.” I get that a lot.   My immediate reflex hearkens me back to my high school days when Saturday Night Live was the hottest show on TV, and the late Gild Radner played a character named Roseanne Rosannadanna. Her signature line was, “You know… It’s…

Skipping This Step Could Lead To Serious Injury

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The Importance of Addressing Physical Constraints When I wrote my third baseball related book Engineering The Superhuman Pitching Machine, Volume 2: Conducting a World Class Pitcher Assessment, the idea of linking a physical assessment to a video analysis of throwing mechanics was uncommon. Now most major programs use a physical assessment of some sort, but there are still many instructors, coaches, and parents who don’t truly understand the importance of addressing physical constraints while…

Warning: Connection Ball Vandals Could End Your Baseball Career

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We get banged on a lot on the internet about our TAP connection balls. If you aren’t familiar with the connection ball, it’s pretty simple. It’s a yellow inflatable ball that has a little texture to the skin. We use it as a tool to create feel and feed the mistake on a few different arm action inefficiencies. We blend it into a series of drills designed to elicit more efficient, powerful, and durable movement patterns. How did we start using them? As the story goes, Coach Ron Wolforth, of…