layman Pitching Articles
Here are some pitching articles on this important pitching velocity topic. This topic is currently open for discussion. You can either comment on the articles below or start a thread in the pitching forums.
by Brent Pourciau · February 24, 2013
A man standing in a crowded airport collapses to the floor. Sweating and gasping for air, he feels the thud of a jack hammer slamming against his chest. It feels as if a thousand razor blades are ripping away at his flesh. He knows something is terribly wrong. He thinks about his loving wife waiting for his arrival back home, his daughter, who he hasn’t seen for a year, and his grand baby, whom he has only held once. He wonders if he will ever see them again. As bystanders come to his aide, he falls unconscious. He has suffered a massive heart attack.
Statistics say, if he survives, he will live another 15-20 years. Why? Because he has experienced in layman’s terms what is referred to as a ‘wakeup call’. A traumatic, life changing event that prompts immediate action following long ignored needed changes in lifestyle.
Upon being released from the hospital, he’ll promptly head to the heath food store and fill his pantry full of supplements, vitamins, and health foods. He’ll start exercising regularly. Just the slightest whiff of cigarette smoke, formally part of his regrettable daily morning regimen, now makes his stomach curl. All because he was fortunate enough to survive his wakeup call. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · August 8, 2011
Overuse has been considered the primary factor for most pitching injuries. Performing the same motion over and over again leads to what the strength and conditioning and medical science world calls Pattern Overload. This is when the body uses load sharing to reduce the stress on the muscle group that is being overused. This causes dysfunctional motor coordination and creates instability in the joint which leads to poor mechanics and eventually injury. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · September 25, 2010
I continue to receive questions on how and why to ice the arm after pitching or throwing the baseball. There is a lot of people who are getting information that icing stops the healing process, so therefore it does not help in recovery. This information is incorrect in my book because I have some very good evidence to back this up and because I always seemed to pay the price when I do not ice after throwing a lot of pitches.
In my career icing always shortened my recovery time. I did continue to test this therapy though. Mainly because it is a pain in the butt to ice your arm after ever game and I also was a little curious as to why we do this.
If someone challenges your opinion on this argument, or you want a final answer, you need to look at the study that the American Journal of Sports Medicine has posted here on Cryotherapy on rats. I know we are not rats but muscularly we are similar.
To prevent your brain from exploding when reading this study I have posted my layman’s explanation below. I hope this helps! Read more
by Brent Pourciau · June 21, 2008
To develop top pitching velocity you must first understand the science behind it. Newton’s Second Law is the best definition of velocity. Read my article “Olympic Lifting Increases Pitching Velocity” to get a detailed description of Newton’s Second Law and how it relates to pitching velocity.