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Rick Johnston | May 20, 2017 6:53:12 PM

Get Sweaty to Get Ready - If You Want to be a Better Hitter

HEY HITTERS!!! As we've discussed in previous posts, "Show & Go" with no warm up simply does not work. It is a recipe for disaster and injury. The key to an effective warm up is simply this:

"Get Sweaty to Get Ready"

How do we do this? It is actually easier than you would think. Implement a system of exercises to WAKE UP the body and get it ready for action. If you don’t WAKE IT UP, then don’t expect it to be ready for the toughest task in all of sports...hitting a baseball. A sweaty body is a heated body with muscles able to fire. Cold bodies can’t fire with any type of explosiveness. A cold car in minus temperatures when started, barely turns over and sputters. If you immediately drive away, it will sputter until the engine warms up, then presto, it runs like it should... smooth and fluid, just like a hitter's swing should be... smooth and fluid, with no choppiness, sputters or hesitations.

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Topics: warming up, hitting instruction, baseball exercise, baseball pregame, baseball injury, baseball fundamentals, injury prevention, baseball warm up

Graeme Lehman | Feb 25, 2014 8:53:00 AM

Throwing with Over the Top Arm Slot Is Faster But More Dangerous Pt. 2

This post comes from our colleague, Graeme Lehman, in Kelowna, BC. Graeme has a great blog which you can find at lehmansbaseball.wordpress.com. If you are from the area, make sure you see Graeme.

Quick recap of Part 1 since I wrote it 3+ months ago. This article talked about a study which reported that pitchers who threw with excessive contralateral tilt could produce more velocity than those who didn’t tilt as much. This extra velocity came with a price which was more joint forces at the elbow and shoulder which could lead to an injury. The amount that each pitcher tilt’s is going to dictate which arm slot they use since the arm should always be at 90-100 degree angle from the trunk in order to maximize force and minimize injuries.

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Topics: baseball injury, pitching, elbow injury, shoulder injury, pitching injuries, pitching skills, pitching mechanics, contralateral tilt, Arm slot

Graeme Lehman | Nov 6, 2013 1:44:00 PM

Throwing with an Over the Top Arm Slot is Faster But More Dangerous!!

This post comes from our colleague, Graeme Lehman, in Vancouver. Graeme has a great blog which you can find at lehmansbaseball.wordpress.com and currently works at Inside Performance in North Vancouver. If you are from the area, make sure you see Graeme.

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Topics: baseball injury, pitching, elbow injury, shoulder injury, pitching injuries, pitching skills, pitching mechanics, contralateral tilt

Rebecca Chambers | Oct 24, 2013 8:30:00 AM

"Ask the Physio" on Baseball Injuries and Rehab - Instalment #3

Here is an update on the latest Q&A's on common - and sometimes not so common - baseball injuries, rehabilitation and lingering maladies I've received over the past few months. Hopefully one of them helps you (or someone you know) out, or simply submit your own and I will be happy to provide you with some professional guidance!

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Topics: rehab, injury, physiotherapy, baseball injury, elbow injury, shoulder injury, dead arm, Osgood-Schlatter's, Little Leaguer's Elbow

Rick Boutilier | Oct 17, 2013 10:01:00 AM

Baseball Exercise of the Week | "Weighted Ball Wrist Releases"

Once again continuing on the theme of elbow strength, health and stabilization for baseball players, especially pitchers, the SST Baseball Exercise of the Week is Weighted Ball Wrist Releases.

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Topics: baseball strength training, strength training for baseball, injury, baseball injury, pitching velocity, elbow injury, pitching injuries, injury prevention, elbow strength, tommy john, ulnar collateral ligament, ucl, medial epicondylitis, weighted balls, weighted ball wrist releases

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