We know you loose motion from pitching, and we know that this loss of motion is cumulative over the course of the season, and we know that this loss of motion can potentially lead to injuries. So we should do whatever we can to restore and maintain your mobility BEFORE you pick up a ball. Try the “2-Out Drill” to warm up before pitching and to maintain mobility between innings over the course of a game.
I have found that many baseball players make the same mistake when playing catch, and I think this mistake can cause a lot of soreness, decreased performance, and maybe even injury down the road. Luckily, this mistake is easy to fix. In this video, I’ll discuss this common mistake and how I teach baseball players to warm up their arm more effectively to enhance performance and reduce injuries.
Pullovers can give us a global view of the person we are working with – can they do the task we want or do they need an excessive amount of extension strategies to get their arms fully overhead? To truly throw out a runner from 300 feet away or hurl a 95 mile per hour fastball, we need to ensure the shoulder complex is working optimally.
There is no doubt about it, latissimus dorsi injuries in baseball pitchers are becoming more common, and probably will continue to do so as we continue to push out limits of throwing velocity. To prevent, diagnose, and rehabilitate lat injuries, you have to understand the anatomy, function during pitching, and pathomechanics of lat injuries.
In this article, EBP’s Editor-in-Chief Mike Reinold discusses the anatomy, role of the lat during pitching, and reasons why he believe’s lat injuries are increasing. Then, based on this information, he outlines several key factors to considering when trying to prevent, diagnose, and rehabilitate lat injuries in baseball pitchers.