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Weaving Motivation and Intention Into Your Strengthening and Throwing Programs

by Randy Sullivan
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I started driving almost 40 years ago, and I can honestly say that I am no better at driving today than I was when I first received my license at the tender age of 15. It’s not that I haven’t gotten my reps in. When I was a home health physical therapist, making house calls over 3 different counties, there were times that I logged over 50,000 miles in a year. Yet I’m still not a good driver. How is that possible? The answer reminds me of a lesson I received from Dr. Eugene Styles, in one of my education […]

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 […]

Bloggers Without Pants (and 8th Grade Verbal Commits)

by Randy Sullivan
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Had a kid come in for a Precision Strike One Day One-on-One Evaluation and Training Session. He’s a senior in high school who has been working with us since his freshman year. We’ll call him Cade. When I first met Cade he had some significant mechanical issues and physical constraints. He had a big forearm flyout, and inverted w, early torso rotation and a quad dominant lower half. After our initial encounter, I didn’t see him for a while until he returned with severe elbow pain. We got that under control, and he kept in touch with us and continued […]

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 […]

Google Roulette? Are You Wiling To Risk It?

by Randy Sullivan
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When my oldest son was a senior in high school and experiencing the heartbreak of being overlooked by college recruiters because he didn’t throw hard enough, I asked nearly every baseball guy I knew how to teach velocity. Most had the same answer – one that parroted the words of the most well known pitching “guru” of the time. “You can’t throw harder than your genetics will allow.” In other words, if you didn’t win the genetic lottery you could never hope to be a member of the rare club of high velocity throwers. It was elitism at its finest. “Hard […]

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, […]