This article highlights the differences between acute and chronic workload ratios. Take the example of a pitcher that did no throwing over Christmas break and the first week back is expected to reach max long toss distances and throw a bullpen. They essentially went from 0 to 100 in a matter of days. It’s not always on coaches; athletes are just as responsible, if not more, for taking care of their throwing during these breaks. Too much too soon and you’ll be sidelined.
This article is a summary of the latest research paper in baseball: Comparing the immediate effects of a total motion release (TMR) warm-up and a dynamic warm-up protocol on the dominant shoulder in baseball athletes. A general dynamic warm up is important for increasing blood flow, tissue extensibility, and neuromuscular communication. To get the biggest bang for your buck, perform your dynamic warm up first, and then follow it up with using controlled movements from the TMR system to enhance specificity in the throwing shoulder.
When getting your arm loose, you need to let distance dictate your intensity before you start throwing harder on a line. But how do you do this indoors? In this quick video, I demonstrate how I teach baseball players to get their arms loose when warming up into a net indoors.
Weighted baseball velocity programs continue to rise in popularity in baseball pitchers of all levels despite us not knowing why they may improve velocity, the long term effects on the body, or the most appropriate program to perform. This article summarizes the results of a 2-year research study we have performed on the safety and effectiveness of weighted baseball velocity training programs.