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What Is a Growth Plate Injury?

by Randy Sullivan
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At the Florida Baseball Ranch, we work with players of every age and experience level. It’s not uncommon to have a major league client on site, but it’s also not unusual to see a cool 9 year-old running around either. And, as the arm pain management division of the Baseball Ranch® consortium, I field a lot of questions about growth plate injuries. So what are growth plate injuries, and how do they occur? First let me tell you what they are not… usually they are not catastrophic. So when you find that your son or daughter, or one of your […]

Athlete Has Elbow Pain, Calls FBR, Then Makes Team USA

by Randy Sullivan
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Nelson Berkwich is really good at baseball. The 2020 Vandy commit from Boca Raton, FL was a low to mid 80s lefty when I met him on September 23, 2016. He and his father made the 3-hour drive to the Florida Baseball Ranch® for a Precision Strike One Day One-On-One Evaluation and Training session. We conducted a full head-to-toe physical assessment and a video analysis of his movement pattern. We noted a few mobility issues and a slightly elevated distal humerus and crafted a customized multi-dimensional training plan. Nelson “bought in” to the process completely and diligently executed his program. […]

Debilitating Pain to Pain Free and + 4mph In 6 Weeks

by Randy Sullivan
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Jared Mathweson had concluded his freshman campaign at Mars Hill University in North Carolina with an impressive 3-1 record and a 3.26 ERA in 38.2 innings pitched. Not a bad start to his career, but Jared wanted more. He registered for our Elite Performer’s Boot Camp scheduled for June 17th and 18th, 2017 looking to get a plan to boost his velocity. But that plan seemed to be in jeopardy on June 6th when for the first time in his life Jared felt pain on the inside of his elbow during his summer league game. When he woke up the […]

If X Happens…The Answer is ALWAYS Y….Not So Fast Watson!

by Randy Sullivan
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The complexity and unpredictability of the human body and the human spirit is one of the great mysteries of life. Why is it, for example that some people smoke their entire lives and remain healthy, while others who have never touched a cigarette die from lung cancer? Some members of a family have terrible eyesight, while others see perfectly well. Some are good at math; others become artists or writers. And some pitchers with inefficient deliveries don’t get hurt and some with far more efficient movement patterns can’t seem to stay healthy. Just a few days ago, I was discussing this concept […]

Licking The Surface Of The Sun

by Randy Sullivan
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So… You know that little hole in the lid of the coffee cup? The one with the warning that says “caution contents hot?” I believe it might be the worst invention in the history of coffee. Sure… it seems like a good idea… IF (and that’s a big IF) it’s connected properly to the cup. I guess it could prevent spills and such. But one thing I’ve learned over the years is that it could do more harm than good. You never REALLY have any way of knowing what the temperature of the coffee inside might be! It could be […]

Why Are You Running?

by Randy Sullivan
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Is it time to rethink one of the most long-standing pitcher training modalities ever employed? Kevin was devastated. Having been cut from his high school team and two junior college teams, he came to us seeking to add enough velocity to find a spot on a D1 roster so he’d have a shot at pro ball. After nearly 3 years of training he had finally figured something out and managed to have a good year as a closer topping out at 98 mph for a lower level NCAA D1 program. His performance drew enough attention to allow him to become […]

How NOT Long Tossing or Throwing Weighted Balls Could Get You Hurt.

by Randy Sullivan
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Wait… What? And here we go again. The long toss and weighted ball police are back at it. I was perusing through twitter last week and saw this blast. “Study. Max Distance Throwing Changes Mechanics and Puts More Stress On The Arm.” It was accompanied by this infograph. First of all… that study is not news. It came out in 2011. But since we’re getting into it again,  I guess I can engage. The longstanding argument against long toss is as follows: 1)It increases joint stress in the elbow and the shoulder, and 2) throwing mechanics change with increased distance […]

Throw Weighted Balls, Lift Heavy Stuff, and Fix Your Mechanics To Improve Velocity? It’s Not That Simple!

by Randy Sullivan
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Let’s suppose you have a friend and he’s sick – let’s even pretend he’s in the ICU… dying of something (make sure it’s a pretend friend… using one of your actual friends would be kind of creepy). Let’s say you know this guy well. You know he eats right and exercises consistently. He seems to have a healthy lifestyle, but still… there he is. From what you know about this guy, he should be the healthiest cat on the planet. But he’s dying. What could be the reason for his illness? Perhaps it’s a combination of the things you don’t […]

The Side Step Is Satan?

by Randy Sullivan
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OK, admittedly that subject line is a little extreme, I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. It seems like every kid that comes in to see me – especially the ones who have had lots of pitching lessons – does one thing in almost EXACTLY the same way. And frankly, it’s driving me crazy!! What is it you ask? It’s this wasteful, cookie cutter little side step windup. Or maybe I should call it a non-step. I mean it’s kind of a step without stepping. Look I’m not against it totally. I mean, I see a bunch of MLB […]

Arm Health: Beyond Pitch Counts… And All The Usual Suspects

by Randy Sullivan
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In 2007 Little League Baseball became the first national youth baseball organization to implement and enforce pitch count limits and associated required rest periods based on age. Ten years later, pitch limits appear to have done very little to quell the rise of arm injuries among youth baseball players. Last spring, the National Federation of State High School Baseball Associations also implemented rigid pitch counts and rest rules. While limiting pitches per outing among high school age players may be a noble and well-intentioned proposition, my prediction is that it will have very little effect on solving the problem. My […]