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The Biggest Little Word In The English Language

In her enlightening book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol Dweck,identifies two vastly different approaches to life. She calls them "The Growth Mindset" and "The Fixed Mindset". I borrowed this table off the internet from Reid Wilson. What kind of mindset are you? Do you look at challenges, obstacles, and failures as roadblocks? Or do you see them as interesting puzzles that will be fun and rewarding to solve? I like to think I'm a growth mindset guy. But if it...

Quintin Time!! Quintin Time!: Another Arm Pain Case Study

Quintin Pile has a new arm and a new walkout "song" for his next season with the Wofford College Terriers. Picture this: The coach makes a visit to the mound and motions for right hander out of the bullpen. The anxious crowd cranes their necks to get a glimpse of the bullpen gate. Just before it opens, the public address system blares this: Quintin Time!! Quintin Time! Last winter we worked with one of Quintin's teammates, a Senior righty named Connell Anderson who was operating on the last...

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...

Is Your Collegiate Summer League a Waste of Time?

Earlier today I got a calls from 3 pitchers from a Top 20 Division 1 baseball program. In Lieu of summer ball these guys, upon the advice of their pitching coach, have decided to attend our Summer Rocketeer Training Program. These guys and their coach really get it! I know I'll catch a lot of flack for this, but here it is... Collegiate Summer League games for pitchers are often a waste of time. Yep... There it is. It's really the same trap that younger travel ball...

Have You Ever Seen The Rain?

Two mornings ago it rained in Tampa Bay. Yeah... I can hear everyone who's ever been to Fort Myers or Disney for tournaments during the summer: “Rain in Tampa Bay? Shocker.” I agree, but to have a rainstorm in the morning, especially this time of year is unusual. In the summer, I check the forecast every day. In the spring, not so much. So this time I was totally caught off guard. I woke up at 7:30 am to the sound of raindrops on the bedroom window and suddenly...

The Island of Misfit Pitchers

When I was a kid (back when we did our homework on stone tablets) there were no DVDs or Netflix, and we only got 3 stations on TV. One of my favorite parts about the Christmas season were the holiday cartoon shows. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” was a classic, and I loved “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”. But my personal favorite was “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”. One of my favorite parts was when Clarice told Rudolph he was cute. He danced...

Tommy John? No Thanks. I’ll Throw 90 Instead

Last November, I got a call from my friend Jason Burke, the pitching coach at Wofford College, a formidable D1 program in Spartanburg, SC. Jason told me he had a pitcher he needed some help with. The pitcher’s name was Connell Anderson, a senior righty who had missed the entire fall due to elbow pain. During the 2014 spring campaign, Connell was a starter on the Terriers’ squad, but about half way through the season his elbow started to bother him. It got worse as the year went on, and by...

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."...

Scars Live Forever!

Yesterday was one of the coolest days of my professional career. I’ve been in Physical Therapy practice for over 21 years, and I continue to learn more every day. Yesterday, I had the privilege of scrubbing in and observing a UCL reconstruction done by Tampa Rays team physician, Dr. Koko Eaton. It was a joy to watch a master at work. Over the years I’ve seen lots of surgeries (labrum repairs, rotator cuff repairs, UCLs, ACLs, Total hip and knee replacements). I can’t begin to describe...

The Arm Pain Assassin Strikes Again!

Last night was a great night at The ARMory.  We had 3 kids at the 6:00 class who were recovering from arm injuries. Two of them were in the last stages of their return to throwing and were doing well, the third, I’ll tell you about in a minute. Most people think that The ARMory is all about developing velocity. That is partially correct. We are VERY good at velocity development. It’s actually just about the easiest thing we do. Give me a reasonably athletic guy with a burning desire to...
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