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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 […]

3 Critical Mind Shifts You Must Achieve If You’re Ever Going To Make It

by Randy Sullivan
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If you’re ever going to make it in in baseball and in life, you must start with 3 critical mind shifts. 1) Reject the Freak Theory… the elitists among us want you to believe that everything you become is predicated on the DNA you were given at birth. They want you to accept that only a chosen few with “God-given talent” have a shot success. It is arrogance at its finest, and it’s total crap! I’ve heard Coach Wolforth say it dozens of times and I agree… Your genetics determine where you start. They don’t determine where you finish. You […]

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

by Randy Sullivan
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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 always something.” That’s what most people think. If a […]

Skipping This Step Could Lead To Serious Injury

by Randy Sullivan
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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 changing mechanics to improve performance. Physical and biomechanical constraints/attributes are intimately interwoven. Often one spawns the other (e.g., Are you tight because you throw this way all […]

Throwing Weighted Dogs Can Increase Velocity! Wait… What?

by Randy Sullivan
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Seems the rage these days is about these new weighted ball things and how they increase velocity. Funny… When we started using weighted balls as part of our process in 2009, in my community you would have thought I was Jack the Ripper! Naysayers unfairly blasted me privately, and publicly to the point that I finally gave in and stopped using them for a few months. I soon came to the realization that critics will be critics and accepting their slings and arrows is simply the price I must pay for the privilege of working with all the fine young men […]

Stop Looking For Diagnosis and Cause and Start Looking For Dysfunction and Contributors

by Randy Sullivan
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Yesterday we had a 17 year-old right-handed pitcher in from Colorado for a Precision Strike 1 Day Evaluation and Training Session. We’ll call him Cole. Cole loves pitching. He’s pretty good, according to his mom, and his dream is to pitch in college some day. But last, January, he began to experience severe, debilitating biceps pain. As usual, the immediate response from the medical professionals was to shut down all throwing and rest. After resting for 6 weeks, he started throwing again, and of course, his arm started hurting again. He spent the summer getting MRIs of his shoulder and […]

I Was a Savage!!

by Randy Sullivan
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About 2 years ago we hired a legit dynamo in our physical therapy clinic. For the interview, my CFO/COO, Amy and I met her at the pizza restaurant across the street from our physical therapy clinic. We wanted to do the interview on the down low since we really didn’t have any positions to fill, and we saw no need to get our current employees riled up or worried about their won job security. We interview potential employees constantly, looking for rock stars to add to our team. Our approach is to load our train with electric team members, then […]

You’ll Conquer Jupiter… And No One Will Care

by Randy Sullivan
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This weekend, hundreds of high school players from all over the country will descend on Jupiter, FL for the Perfect Game WWBA world championships. For a small minority, it will be one of the greatest weekends of their baseball lives. They’ll light up the radar guns. College and pro scouts will be clamoring for their attention. They’ll be offered scholarships. They’ll be asked to fill out draft questionairres. The Perfect Game bloggers will write about how great they are. But for most, it will be an entirely different story. Some will perform very well. They’ll pitch their teams to victory, […]

Can Poor Scapular Control Lead to a Labrum or a UCL Tear? You Bet

by Randy Sullivan
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Throughout the pitching movement the stability of the scaps is incredibly important, but during the last few milliseconds as the ball is released, the ability to control the scapula becomes vital to the health and durability of the shoulder and the elbow. When a pitcher propels his arm forward, downward, and inward through ball release an entire team of scapular depressors and retractors must work together to resist long axis distraction of the humerus and elevation of the humeral head keeping the ball in the socket.  The scapular, thoracic and humeral stabilizers must work eccentrically, producing tension as the muscles […]

Shut It Down Or Keep Throwing? Maybe There’s an Alternative

by Randy Sullivan
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As the MLB playoffs come to an end, college fall programs wrap up and travel ball culminates its season with the big WWBA National Championship in Jupiter, pitchers and position players alike are faced with tough decisions about their training this fall/winter. The “shut it down” police and the “just keep throwing” crowd are out in full force and the debate is raging. One side demands absolute avoidance of all throwing for 2-3 months to allow the UCL, the anterior shoulder capsule and other connective tissue to tighten down and regain passive stiffness after being stressed and stretched throughout the season. […]