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Ryan Armstrong | Aug 6, 2015 11:02:49 AM

My Thoughts on Cressey Sports Performance's Elite Baseball Mentorship

I was fortunate enough to have attended Cressey Sports Performance's Elite Baseball Mentorship program this past June in the Boston area along with fellow team members here at The Baseball Zone / SST Mississauga, Courtney Plewes and Rick Johnston (pictured L to R with Eric Cressey). This program has provided me with insight that gave me a better understanding of how the body works from a biomechanical perspective. This particular workshop was focused on the upper extremities, especially the elbow and shoulder, two areas that go without saying are extremely important to pitchers - and all throwers - in terms of performance, injury prevention & rehabilitation.

Here is a brief outline of the program and some of my own thoughts:

Day 1: We examined how the shoulder complex should function by looking at movement and symmetry with various athletes. Later that day we went onto the floor and watched assessments performed by Eric Cressey and Eric Schoenberg. Although this may not be my particular area of expertise I learned more about how the body moves so I can better serve our throwers here at The Baseball Zone as well as share this information with our staff.

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Topics: baseball coaching, rehab, pitching, elbow injury, shoulder injury, pitching injuries, injury prevention, elbow strength, baseball warm up, weighted balls, shoulder strength, biomechanics, pitching preparation, sports performance, notre dame, elite baseball mentorship, cressey sports performance, eric cressey, eric schoenberg, matt blake, athlete assessments, boston college, oklahoma state, cape cod league

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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