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The Dangers Of Training Corruption

More Is Just More: Last weekend I flew to Houston to help Coach Ron Wolforth at The Texas Baseball Ranch with a 3 day Elite Pitchers Boot Camp. I am honored to be a member of the staff at a place where instructors and students are free to innovate and experiment to find better ways to learn and to teach throwing. They pay me to help them, but I would do it for free just to experience my favorite part of every camp – Julio’s Mexican Grill (Formerly Rico's Hacienda)! The camps begin at...

Pitcher’s Funny Bone Ain’t So funny

Two summers ago, within about a 3 week period, we had 3 high school kids who came to us with medial elbow pain and numbness and tingling into their pinkie and ring fingers.  Any time a pitcher complains of pain on the inside of the elbow, you worry about damage to the UCL -- the dreaded Tommy John surgery.  But sometimes it's not the Tommy John ligament at all. Here is a rudimentary field test to see if you might have damage to the UCL.  It's called "The milking test."...

Save the Cannons: Developing Throwing Ability While Keeping young Arms Safe and Healthy

Unless you live under a rock, you have to be aware of the rash of elbow injuries MLB players. Rays fans here in Tampa are all waiting anxiously for new from lefty phenom Matt Moore's visit to Dr. James Andrews. I saw the game when he got hurt. I'm betting UCL tear. I just heard Dr. Andrews being interviewed on MLB radio about the contributing factors to the recent epidemic. One of the things he spoke about was the fact that the injuries we are seeing are the end line of a process that...

Poor Deceleration Can Tear Your Labrum and Your UCL

When I graduated from high school, I can honestly say that I probably hadn't completely read more than 30 books in my entire lifetime. And the only thing that got me even close to that number was the phase I went through in the 6th and 7th grade when I read every baseball biography and every volume of the Encyclopedia Brown series in our school library. The reason I didn't read much? Nothing interested me. But now things are very different. Call me a nerd if you want, but now I...

Can Your Pitching Coach or Instructor REALLY Tell You Why Your Arm Hurts?

Man, I've been busy lately. The spring baseball season is heating up and my phone is ringing off the hook from guys with sore arms. It's not my regular guys. It's the ones I call "the dabblers". These are the guys who have shown some degree of interest. They've had their initial evaluation. Maybe they've even trained with us a few times. But they didn't REALLY buy in. They didn't commit to the entire process. One recent call was from a 87 mph high school senior who first walked...

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