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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…

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

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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…

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

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As the MLB season comes 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…

Forget Everything I’ve Ever Told You About Pitching

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Last weekend we hosted another Elite Performers Bootcamp. In the aftermath of the hurricane, the weather was fantastic. We didn’t take much of a hit here, but our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina who were more severely impacted. During the morning session of day 1, we completed each player’s physical assessment and video analysis. One of the pitchers I evaluated (we’ll call him John) was a tall lefty with robotic, boxy mechanics. When he stepped…

The Only 4 Things That Matter In Pitching

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A couple of days ago, I got an email from a student named Andrew that really got me thinking. “Hey Randy, I’ve started back throwing and I was looking for some help on the role of the glutes in the delivery. I understand a glute load allows for stabilization of the trunk and can create a bit more ground reaction force, but I’ve also seen the EMG study where they claim that GRF in the drive foot isn’t as crucial. I was wondering if you could point me to some literature or elaborate…

Are You Talkin’ to Me? Testing…

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As the hit man once said to the mafia boss… I know a guy. He’s a high school senior headed to a reputable D1 college program on a baseball scholarship. He’s getting about 60% of his tuition paid, but to cover the rest of the cost for the out-of-state private school, his parents will be on the hook for about 10k per year. According to my calculations, over 4 years, that’ll tally up to around 40k (yep…mathematical genius here). But he’s also a pretty good student, so he might be able to…

Roll With It Baby!!

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We have a former MLB student who started training with us 3 weeks ago after receiving a recommendation for Chien-Ming Wang. I wrote about Wang’s resurgence in a blog called How Chien-Ming Wang Got His Groove Back. This new guy once topped out at 100 mph. That was before 2 Tommy John surgeries and a serious shoulder blowout known as a HAGL (Humeral Avulsion Glenohumeral Ligament). This guy (who shall remain nameless until he makes it back to pro ball – hit 91.9 last week) was drafted out of high…

Let’s Get Physical — Changing Pitching Mechanics is Serious Business

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Recently, I had a minor leaguer in for a Precision Strike, One Day, One-On-One Evaluation and Training Session. Since he’s currently in extended spring training with a pro team, he had to come in under the radar on a Sunday morning. So to maintain confidentiality, I’ll just call him “Lefty”. As I always do with minor leaguers, I asked Lefty what he thought were the biggest constraints keeping him out of the big leagues. He reported that since being drafted out of college as a 91-93…

Late Life: How Chien-Ming Wang Made it Back To The MLB (Part 1 of 3)

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Late Life. It’s the perfect title for a documentary by filmmaker, Frank Chen on rise, fall and resurgence of ex-Yankee Ace, Chien Ming Wang. It premier’s in LA on May 9th. I am honored to be a part of it. Here’s the trailer Chien had been a 19-game winner for 2 consecutive seasons with the New York Yankees and was runner-up for the AL Cy Young. But a baserunning injury and subsequent arm trouble had sent him tumbling through the minor leagues and all the way to Indy ball.  By…