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3 Critical Mind Shifts You Must Achieve If You’re Ever Going To Make It

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If you’re ever going to make it in in baseball and in life, you must start with 3 critical mind shifts. 1) Reject the Freak Theory… the elitists among us want you to believe that everything you become is predicated on the DNA you were given at birth. They want you to accept that only a chosen few with “God-given talent” have a shot success. It is arrogance at its finest, and it’s total crap! I’ve heard Coach Wolforth say it dozens of times and I agree… Your genetics determine where…

“You Know… It’s Always Something”… But It’s Never One Thing.

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Last week I was on a plane heading back from a Road Show when a guy noticed my Florida Baseball Ranch logo and asked whatI do. When I told him, he responded with another question. “So what do you think is causing all these arm injuries.” I get that a lot.   My immediate reflex hearkens me back to my high school days when Saturday Night Live was the hottest show on TV, and the late Gild Radner played a character named Roseanne Rosannadanna. Her signature line was, “You know… It’s…

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…

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…

You’ll Conquer Jupiter… And No One Will Care

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This weekend, hundreds of high school players from all over the country will descend on Jupiter, FL for the Perfect Game WWBA world championships. For a small minority, it will be one of the greatest weekends of their baseball lives. They’ll light up the radar guns. College and pro scouts will be clamoring for their attention. They’ll be offered scholarships. They’ll be asked to fill out draft questionairres. The Perfect Game bloggers will write about how great they are. But for most, it will…

Can Poor Scapular Control Lead to a Labrum or a UCL Tear? You Bet

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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…

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…

Why We Don’t Run Long Distances

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“Did you throw your bullpen?” “Yessir.” “Good. Now go run your poles while I work with the infielders.” Given the amount of research available on the topic, I am always amazed in a camp when I say, “Raise your hand if part of your practice involves running poles.” Incredibly, approximately 60% of the attendees still raise their hands. Repetition is the key to learning Repetition is the key to learning So let’s go over this again… It sort of makes sense on the surface. Pitchers…

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…