March 2017 / 4 posts found

The First Move Could Be The Most Important

by Randy Sullivan
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When I was around 10-12 years old, I enjoyed playing chess with my older brother. For some reason, my brother always chose to be the white side, and he always made the first move. I always thought he was being nice and letting me be the “home team”. I also thought it was good to make him show his move, then react to it. Now that I know a little more about chess, I realize he may have been a lot smarter than he looked. According to most Chess experts, there is one opening move that is far superior to […]

Pitcher’s Funny Bone Ain’t So Funny

by Randy Sullivan
Pitcher’s Funny Bone Ain’t So funny A few summers ago, within about a 3 week period, we had 3 high school kids who came to us with medial elbow pain and numbness and tingling into their pinkie and ring fingers. Any time a pitcher complains of pain on the inside of the elbow, you worry about damage to the UCL — the dreaded Tommy John surgery.  But sometimes it’s not the Tommy John ligament at all. Here is a rudimentary field test to see if you might have damage to the UCL. It’s called “The milking test.” Place your hand in front […]

Study Suggests Simple 2-Out Exercise Protocol to Maintain ROM During An Outing

by Randy Sullivan
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I was recently reading through my favorite research journal, the American Journal of Sports Medicine, and  I came across an interesting article entitled “Effects of a Short-Duration Stretching Drill After Pitching on Elbow and Shoulder Range of Motion in Professional Baseball Pitchers.“ The study, authored by Rafael Escamilla,PhD, PT, CSCS, and his colleagues at the ASMI offers evidence that a short-duration, low intensity stretching program conducted between innings could help a pitcher maintain shoulder  range of motion during an outing and might reduce his risk of injury. Loss of ROM during pitching episodes has been well documented and its cumulative […]

Bowlvalanche! Should Strasburg “Simplify” His Mechanics?

by Randy Sullivan
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Bowlvalanche… That’s what I call it. It’s a term I coined a long time ago. Any time 3 or more of anything falls, I call it a “that thing” valanche. This is an Avalanche… This is a Ballvalanche… A Toothpickvalanche And this thing… This accident waiting to happen… If you attempt to add to or take away from this chaotic cluster nut, the slightest perturbation of the equilibrium could begin a cascade of events resulting in a bona fide bowlvalanche. How do you avoid this catastrophe? To paraphrase hall of fame pitching coach, Elmer Fudd, “Vewy carefully.” Take away what […]