You can’t play because you’re always hurt!
The final reason pitcher’s miss their opportunity to advance is lack of durability.
Let’s be clear. There will always be a risk of injury among pitchers. The only safe pitch count is zero.
But many times, when a pitcher gets hurt, the knee jerk reaction is to blame a coach or parent for overusing him. Many well-respected baseball gurus ascribe to the idea that there are a finite number of pitches in every arm. Use up all your bullets and you’ll break down. Coaches with this philosophy advocate rest and avoidance of pitching for extended periods of time to save those bullets. If your ability is below that of your peer group, too bad... you lost the genetic lottery.
While we understand that workload is sometimes a contributor to injury, we also believe it is being given far too much credit. . We've all seen dozens of pitchers who have been coddled and babied and were still injured. That's because the complex problem of arm pain or injury is far more complicated than just counting pitches.
HOW you throw (your biomechanical movement patterns), how prepared and conditioned you are to throw, the physical constraints you possess, your recovery plan and your sleep, hydration, and nutrition habits are also major factors in reducing your risk of injury.
We literally "wrote the book" on arm pain management and injury risk reduction.
At The Florida Baseball Ranch, we start with the pain.
But for us, pain is neither good nor bad. It is simply information--a beacon that lights the way to dysfunction. If you tell us where you hurt, we'll help you identify all the possible physical and biomechanical constraints that could be contributing to that pain.
We developed an app for your phone to share that information with you.
Go to your App store on your phone and search "Arm Pain Assassin" I think you'll find it an invaluable tool.
As stated earlier, The Florida Baseball Ranch was born as an extension of my physical therapy practice. Several of our initial clients were pitchers who were recovering from injury. I realized that although they had recovered from their injuries or surgeries, the movement patterns they exhibited were predisposing them to repeat the same problems. If they were to recover completely and return to optimal long-term performance, we would need to change the way they threw. This meant I would have to develop a means for evaluating them that was beyond the borders of physical therapy, and traditional pitching instruction. Employing a unique combination of medical and baseball skills, I developed The Baseball Ranch Assessment Tool. Each of our clients receives this evaluation on the first day of enrollment and every 60 days after that. Phase 1 of the assessment includes and orthopedic physical screen. We check for typical throwing athlete injuries such as rotator cuff impingement/tears, labrum tears, UCL (Tommy John ligament) insufficiencies. We test shoulder mobility, hip mobility, ankle mobility, thoracic mobility, lumbar stability, and core strength. Then we perform a portion of Gray Cook’s Functional Movement Screen to test the athlete’s ability to maintain core posture and stability throughout a series of functional movements. And finally, we perform a high-speed video analysis to examine 18-21 markers to identified significant opportunities for development of the pitcher’s movement pattern.
Then we gather all the information and craft a multi-dimensional training plan customized just for you. From there, it's a matter of executing your plan -- undergirded with all the leading edge motor learning principles we can deploy -- and watching the magic happen...
And it happens all the time.