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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…

Justin Verlander: “I’m A Stuff Guy”

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Physical limitations and biomechanical disconnections are intimately interwoven. Let me tell you a story about one of the greatest pitchers of our generation. A Flame throwing righty who sat in the high 90s and touched 101 mph, Justin Verlander was named Rookie of The Year in 2006. In 2011, he set the standard for reliability. Through his 34 starts, Verlander never lasted less than six innings and Finished the season First in wins (24-­‐5), ERA (2.40), WHIP (0.920), strikeouts (250), innings…

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.   You see,…

Eccentric Biceps Is The Devil For A Throwing Athlete

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It seems that anytime a throwing athlete complains of anterior shoulder pain, medical professionals diagnose him with “biceps tendinitis.” Meanwhile, it’s common for some in the baseball world to view pain in the belly of the biceps as innocuous. Historically, the role of the biceps in throwing has been misunderstood, misinterpreted, and misapplied. Let’s try and clear things up. Eccentric biceps is the devil for a throwing athlete.  An overactive biceps muscle can be a…

The External vs. Internal Focus Debate In Baseball Skill Acquisition

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I heard a lot of talk among coaches at the ABCA Convention in Dallas last month about motor learning and skill acquisition science.  That’s a good thing.  It’s refreshing to see so many coaches and MLB teams expanding their horizons and pushing toward a more “science-based, data-driven” approach to enhance both in-game performance and player development.  When I played, we all wanted to work hard; however, knowing what to work on was always a problem.  I can remember going into my mother’s…