Injury Prevention: Elbow Strengthening Exercises For Pitchers

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Elbow pain and arm pain is just part of the game, right?

The elbow is a tough spot for pain because most players don’t know how to relieve the soreness and stiffness that they get accustomed to.

I am going to show you some elbow strengthening exercises for pitchers and position players.

Watch this video and see how you can begin to place controlled stress on the tissue surrounding the elbow.

The exercises today will focus on relieving soreness and pain in the elbow.  The elbow can be tricky because it is primarily a stability joint and therefore, we focus on manipulating the angle of the forearm.

The movements should always be controlled and I encourage kids to attack the soreness. An individual throwing program should always include a plan to reduce elbow injuries is   Understand that it’s OK to be sore but don’t confuse soreness with being hurt.

What are currently doing for elbow pain?  Where does your arm normally get sore?

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Lantz Wheeler

Lantz coached college baseball for 8 years. He served as the pitching coach for St. Catharine College, Lipscomb University & the University Of Louisiana Monroe. He currently trains over 20 professional pitchers and 7 of his current players are pitching in MLB. He also consults with numerous NCAA D1 programs and 43 college teams use his Pitching Mechanics MasterMind System.

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  • Antonio May 8, 2013, 3:59 pm

    Great video. Looking forward to more!

    • Lantz May 8, 2013, 5:38 pm


      Glad you enjoyed it. Let me know if there is anything in specific you would like to see covered. Thanks for commenting.


  • Mike July 8, 2013, 8:18 pm

    That seems like it’d place alot of vagus stress on the elbow on the second excercise

    • Lantz July 8, 2013, 8:38 pm


      Yes, you are correct. The purpose is to place controlled stress on the UCL.


  • Alexander April 3, 2014, 1:49 am

    I enjoyed these exercises. I am a sophomore in high school and my elbow always seems to be sore on the inside and it is difficult to make the soreness stop. Are there any other exercises you can show me to possibly stop the soreness or strengthen my elbow so it is harder to get sore? Thanks.

    • Lantz April 3, 2014, 4:16 am

      Hey Alexander,

      Yeah, as a matter of fact, Dr. Renkens just released his “5 Part Video Injury Prevention Training Program For Pitchers”.

      Go to the latest article, 5 Reasons Pitchers Should Pitch Barefoot and click the Red Top Secret box and enter your email and they 5 videos will be sent your way.

      Thanks for commenting,


  • Mark February 4, 2015, 7:58 pm

    My son is 15 and a pitcher. Most of the discussion about elbow pain in pitchers is about the inner part of the elbow. My son has had persistent and recurring pain on the outer elbow. He is a lefty. With your palm facing up his pain is located in the first elbow joint you feel on the outer part of the arm. He has been to a elbow specialist, had an MRI and was told he had a “beautiful elbow”. Not much help there. His physical therapist has him doing strength and conditioning exercises. After about 6 weeks of strength and conditioning he threw a short bullpen after warming up. He had pain immediately. He is extremely frustrated and depressed. Do you have any thoughts?


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