Do you feel stiff and inflexible?
Do you think it’s just not that important, you’ve always been that way and it hasn’t hurt you yet?
What if you didn’t spend time throwing, would your arm get stronger?
What if you never spent time in the weight room, would you get stronger?
Every pitcher realizes the answer is No, to both questions above.
However, most pitchers don’t know…..
Strength doesn’t matter if you can’t move efficiently. It’s not just about strength!
It’s strength + the ability to move efficiently that separates players and keeps them healthy and pain-free!
How much time do you spend increasing your mobility? If you’re not exactly sure what I’m referring to, read this article.
Mobility is often confused with flexibility. Sure it’s about flexibility but that’s only 1/2 the equation. The other 1/2 is range of motion in the joints such as the ankle, hips, thoracic spine and shoulder.
Without consistent mobility work over time, your body will most likely end up stiff and many movements essential for achieving more velocity on the ball will become inefficient and painful.
Many athletes train, but few work on their mobility consistently.
Perhaps it’s because consistent exercise has visible benefits but mobility work does not appear to do much for you on a day-to-day basis.
However, THIS IS NOT TRUE!
Maintaining soft tissue and joint integrity will not only make your training efforts and results better, but will also help you move more efficiently and avoid a lot of common musculo-skeletal injuries, aches and pains.
So, what is soft tissue you ask?
- Tissues that connect, support, or surround other structures of the body, not being bone.
- Soft tissues include tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, muscles, nerves along with a few others that aren’t related to pitching injuries.
Optimal soft tissue and joint function allows you:
- To move more easily and with a greater and more stable range of motion.
- It also reduces the odds that you will pull, strain, or sprain a muscle, tendon, or ligament.
Flexibility and range of motion deficits can also cause several compensatory patterns to develop setting you up for injury down the road.
For example, if your ankle lacks adequate range of motion, it may affect knee and/or hip function. This leads to issues such as tendonitis/tendonosis at the elbow, rotator cuff tendonitis, low back pain, or another pain syndrome.
How does this happen? Look at it this way. As a coach, have you ever designated specific field duties for your players? If you’ve coached long enough you will find that some players will find a way to get out of the work, right?
When that happens, someone else is responsible for taking on his personal responsibility plus the “one” not doing his part. Pretty soon, the guy doing all the work decides he can’t keep up with the extra responsibility. He either gets irritated (spasms, inflammation) or breaks down and quits (injury). Either way, the field (body) doesn’t reach it’s potential.
We endorse dynamic active mobility work. The methods we teach warm up and work the body in a gentle fashion that prepares you for your day, training, or competition. Rather than holding a single area of the body in a stretched position for 30 seconds (static stretching), you will stretch and mobilize multiple muscles and joints by way of continuous movement.
Here are some previous articles that I would highly recommend you read:
- How Well Does Your Sling-Shot Work?
- What To Do When Stretching Doesn’t Work!
- Learn Why Thoracic Mobility May Be More Important To You & How To Increase It.
- Don’t Be Afraid To Pull The Trigger On Shoulder & Elbow Pain!
- Stretch Your Neck By Stretching Your Eyes!
- How To Increase Ankle Mobility In 5 Minutes
Remember, movement is vital to high level performance. Check that.
Efficient, pain-free movement is vital to a high level performance.
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