With the recent popularity of electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) units in the baseball world, their general acceptances and inclusion in the recovery process, this article highlights the research and rationale surrounding them. This article will go into the research on EMS and the effectiveness of electrical muscle stimulation compared to other recovery methods.
About Stephen Osterer
Dr. Stephen Osterer is a chiropractor, strength and conditioning coach living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A traumatic elbow injury in high school almost derailed his chances to attend Cornell University and pitch for the Big Red. In the process of seeking out treatment options, Dr. Osterer developed a strong passion for manual therapy, rehabilitation, and sports performance. The concept of combining these into a career led him to the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) where he completed a Doctorate of Chiropractic graduating Cum Laude with clinical honours.
Since graduating, Dr. Osterer has gone on to oversee the health and performance of hundreds of amateur, collegiate and professional baseball players, recently culminating in opening up the Baseball Development Group - a high-performance baseball training facility in Toronto.
Before attempting to apply a skill acquisition drill to tweak a pitcher’s mechanics, it would be prudent to know what they’re capable of doing. That is, if you don’t know how a pitcher’s joint move in a low effort position, how can you say that they will move on the mound? Before attempting to tweak, shape or alter mechanics it is crucial to know exactly what you’re working with to maximize performance.