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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…

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…

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…

Forget Everything I’ve Ever Told You About Pitching

by Randy Sullivan
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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…

Rest Unassured… If You Dare

by Randy Sullivan
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I got a call this morning from a pro client with a familiar problem. His season went pretty well, but towards the end his velo began to drop. Soon his command unraveled and finally, his shoulder started to hurt with every outing. That’s a issue, but now he has a bigger problem… His club, and his athletic trainers are advising him to shut it down and rest for 3 months. The idea is that if he rests, and then gradually ramps it back up he’ll be fine next year. The assumption here…

Are You Talkin’ to Me? Testing…

by Randy Sullivan
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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!!

by Randy Sullivan
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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…

Ranch Fitness and Nutrition Director, Lisa Church

by Randy Sullivan
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So I was talking to a guy at the Florida Baseball Ranch during our open house on a Sunday. It was a beautiful Florida evening and we were chatting while enjoying our cold water and snacks. I had already given a 15-minute presentation to all that were there about what my role was and philosophies are at the Florida Baseball Ranch. But still, this guy asked me to elaborate more on my skills. Ya know, he was one of those who seemed like he was looking for a chance to debate or something. I get it,…