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I Don’t Have To Be Better Than You.

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I played college baseball at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina — The ONLY Military Academy in history to make it to the Division 1 College World Series. They did it in 1990, 4 years after I graduated — they had to get rid of some deadwood like me before they could make their run. We played in the Southern Conference. Still, every year, our schedule featured 10-12 games against powerhouse teams like North Carolina, Clemson, South Carolina, and NC State. By…

My Shoulder “Itised”

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The other day I was sitting on my couch watching a playoff game, and out of nowhere, my shoulder “itised.” I mean, I was just sitting there minding my business and BAM! The “itis” hit me. Nearly every other day, we get a call from a player or a parent or coach of a player with arm pain that has bee diagnosed as tendonitis. The cycle they report is eerily familiar. The player feels a little pain in their shoulder or elbow after throwing. It’s nothing major -just a pinch…

The Corruptive Potential of The Current Return to Throwing Protocol

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When I was 18 years old, I had Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstructive Surgery, or Tommy John, as it is more popularly known. A week later, I moved into my dorm at Spartanburg Methodist and began the hardest year of my baseball career. While there were several obstacles I had to overcome, without question, the most challenging was the standard return-to-throwing protocol.  I was relentless in my physical therapy work. I lost 30 pounds (I was fat. I needed it), and I became an absolute monster…

It’s Time For A Revolution in Throwing Rehab.

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One night last winter my friend, Alan Jaeger called me with a major concern about the current state of UCL reconstruction post-operative rehabilitation and throwing protocols.  We talked for about an hour, and the discussion ignited a thought eruption that had been smoldering in my head for over 10 years. At the Florida Baseball Ranch® we train and develop high-caliber throwing athletes, improving velocity, command, secondary stuff, and arm health. This past summer, 161 high school and college…

What’s The Point?

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I hear a lot of coaches, players, parents, and administration/front office staff talking about old school vs new school. Data vs gut. Tradition vs innovation. I think both sides need to pause and understand that coaches have been teaching human movement since the game began. We have to remember that data doesn’t create a movement. The movement creates the data.  The data merely tells us how we’re doing. As far as “new and innovative” is concerned. I don’t see anything wrong with…

Bull Whip Calamity: The Importance of Movement Analysis

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The summer after I graduated from high school, I needed a job.  As a three sport athlete, I was at a practice or a game just every day of my life , so having a regular job had been out of the question.  Now I was heading off to college and needed to spend the summer making cash to allay some of the ancillary costs.  A lot of my friends worked in our little mall, so I thought that might be an option.  I walked into every store and filled out applications until my hands, head, and neck were sore. …

Pete Rose Is James J.Gibson

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As a baseball coach and a physical therapist, I’ve been trying to make players and patients to optimize their movement patterns for nearly 30 years, and there’s something I’ve recently realized … I can’t make players or patients optimize their movement patterns.   The more I learn about James J. Gibson’s Direct Perception Theory, the more I realize that in movements involving time pressure, I can’t make you move. Your coach can’t make you move. Even…

Why It Doesn’t Take 10,000 Hours

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We’ve all heard of the 10,000 hours rule. It was made popular by author and Malcom Gladwell in his 2008 book, Outliers. In this book he alluded to research by Anders Ericcson suggesting that it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to master a skill. I read the book and it sounded legit. I even wrote about it in the first “book” I ever published. It was an awful piece — more of a manual — called Building the 90 mph Delivery. It sold approximately 4 copies and included…

Is How You Learn A Skill Is More Important Than What You Learn?

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Coming from the medical world was certainly a difference-maker in the early success of our students — many of whom were overcoming significant throwing injuries. Our knowledge of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics and the cellular biology of the human body, gave us the tools to help a lot of players. However, while our medical background is definitely an edge in training players, it’s not the biggest separator. The biggest difference-makers for our clients has been the deep dive…

The Odo Solution

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Jake Odorizzi is off to a great start in 2019.   After throwing 13 consecutive shutout innings against the Astros and the Yankees last week, Jake Odorizzi has been named the AL Player of The Week. If you scrub the data from a terrible weather-influenced day where freezing rain made it impossible to feel his hands these are his numbers:  Average fastball is up.  Strike percentage is up, Swing and miss percentage is up. Strikeout percentage is up.   And we’re not surprised.  …