should pitchers also play positions? | Nurtition and injury prevention | TopVelocity Baseball Forum
my 15 year old son had a great game pitching a shutout 7 innings (112 pitches). after that game he played short stop. in the middle of the game when he went to turn a double play, he twisted his leg and went down to the ground. three weeks later, he is about to have surgery to repair two torn ligaments.
my question is could this have been prevented by not allowing him to play a position, especially after a high pitch count game?
he is in great shape, and he is one of the fastest sprinter on the team, so i think he was physically about to handle the position. i think that maybe he was a little tired, and tired gave way to laziness, which led to the injury.
once he is healed up we have to make the decision if he should return to playing a position when he is not pitching. just wanted an opinion to help us decide on what he should do.
December 11, 2012
This is a great question. I believe that a pitcher is better off if he does play other positions because this only enhances his athleticism on the mound. Similar to my belief that playing other sports will also help you as a pitcher.
I believe that an off-season training period is also important.
Winter – Off-season 3x Extreme Pitching Program
Spring – In-season Baseball
Summer – Off-season 3x Training
Fall – In-season Football, Lacrosse, Golf, Tennis, Other sports played during the fall.
If I could repeat my career this would be my ideal format that I believe could lead to my most successful outcome athletically.
The 3x Pitching Program as most of you know not only makes you a better pitcher, but is a great program to increase athleticism in every sport.
His accident is unfortunate, but it is my belief that you can’t take away things that actually make him a better pitcher because of the fear that he could injure himself. His fatigue may have played an effect into this and it is always important to monitor this and to let him rest accordingly.
thanks for the reply. as a Dad, it’s easy to go into protect mode when your kids health is on the line. i just wanted to make sure i was doing the right thing either way.
Nic loves playing a position when he is not pitching…..he just wants some action any way that he can get it. we will allow him to return to playing whatever position he is good enough to get during tryouts. there were many that tried for that position, but only two that got it, and both were pitchers.
surgery went well today, only one stitch to the meniscus. it will be at least six weeks before he can return to playing, but there is a six weeks gap between school ball and park ball anyway, so he won’t miss anything but a little practice for park ball. it does suck that he missed 4 weekends from school ball, but he did go out on a high note.
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