Busting The Bench Press Myth for Pitchers

How Baseball Pitchers Can Safely Use The Bench Press To Throw Harder Immediately.

In this special report I’m going to share with you some very valuable information that you wouldn’t ordinarily get your hands on.

Regarding the bench press maneuver, there are three camps of people out there.

  1. People who believe in using the bench press for baseball pitchers
  2. People who DO NOT believe in using the bench press for baseball pitchers
  3. People that aren’t sure – this is a completely new dilemma to them

Which camp are you in?

Let me educate you on camp #2, the Non-Believers…as I use to be one of these, but I’m a converter into camp #1 because of scientific evidence.   [Read more…]

Research Proving Pronation Supports Pitching Velocity While Preventing Injury

Hip to Shoulder Separation Promotes PronationMore and more pitchers are hearing the word Pronation as it relates to good pitching mechanics. The reason it is becoming more apart of the conventional vocabulary of baseball today is because of the ever rising arm surgeries at all levels of the game.

The reason the rise in arm surgery is causing this terminology to surface is because institutes like the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at The University of Auckland, New Zealand have discovered the importance of this mechanical component to protecting the elbow joint of the arm when throwing as evident in the article called the Evolution of the treatment options of ulnar collateral ligament injuries of the elbow hosted at the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The article describes the issues of the throwing movement on the elbow joint and lists some new discoveries and solutions to these problems. Here is an excerpt from the article stating the importance of pronation to reducing loads on the arm which can lead to injury. [Read more…]

Pulling Down is Slowing Down the Pitcher

Pulling Down Reduces Pitching VelocityMany Extreme Long Toss programs use what some call the “Pull down phase.” This is because after throwing the ball 300 feet in an “Air it out” program, they then want you to pull down your delivery so you do not continue to launch the ball high as you move closer to 60 feet. The problem is this goes against the science of pitching velocity.

Pitching velocity is the product of momentum and torque down a mound. You can read countless articles on this site about Momentum and Torque. Pulling the ball down during release prevents early internal rotation which is a key component to pitching velocity as stated in the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) case study called Comparison of High Velocity and Low Velocity Pitch Deliveries. [Read more…]

The Secrets Behind Throwing Hard

The Secrets Behind Throwing HardDr. James Andrews at ASMI put together a study of low velocity pitchers to high velocity pitchers to determine the difference in pitching mechanics. It was a good feeling after reading this study because the same information coming from Dr. Andrews is the same information Top Velocity has been coaching and training for years. It proves why I overcame a rotator cuff tear and was able to reach 94 mph on my fastball post surgery. [Read more…]

Comparison of High Velocity and Low Velocity Pitch Deliveries

Baseball ResearchStodden DF, Fleisig GS, McLean SP, Lyman SL, Andrews JR. Relationship of pelvis and upper torso kinematics to pitched baseball velocity. Journal of Applied Biomechanics 17(2):164-172, 2001.

Matsuo T, Escamilla RF, Fleisig GS, Barrentine SW, Andrews JF. Comparison of kinematic and temporal parameters between different pitch velocity groups. Journal of Applied Biomechanics 17(1): 1-13, 2001.

Stodden, DF, Fleisig, GS, McLean, SP, Andrews, JR. Relationship of Biomechanical Factors to Basebal Pitching Velocity: Within Pitcher Variation. Journal of Applied Biomechanics 21(1): 44-56, 2005 [Read more…]

Poor Posture Causes Injury and Decreases Pitching Velocity

Poor Posture Causes InjuryPoor posture is a sign of weakness and laziness. Because it is seen as being “Cool” to lounge around in class or hanging out somewhere, this is causing poor posture in young athletes today. DO NOT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN TO YOU. Poor posture will lead to an arm injury, especially in pitchers. If this is you, then you must read this article.

How to Avoid an Impingement

Notice the image below of the subacromial space. When the arm is relaxed and down, there is enough room for the shoulder to rotate internally and externally but when the arm is raised above the head, in a throwing position, the subscromial space is almost closed. This can easily cause an impingment of the rotator cuff muscle, mainly the supraspinatus. Poor posture makes this even worse. This is because the shoulders are forward and the acromion is positioned more on top of the supraspinatus muscle impinging the muscle even more. With poor posture and the constant internal rotation of the arm during a pitch, over time this will start to tear the muscle. This could lead to a complete tear of the rotator cuff. [Read more…]