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“Long toss will strengthen your arm! Long toss will hurt your arm!”
I’m confused, why wouldn’t I be?
Heck, I read one study that tells me NEVER to throw past 180 ft.
Then flip over to the next and it informs me that I could throw the ball 90 mph, if I could just get it past 300 ft.
So, what should I do?”
“Just listen to the experts? Ok, but that’s what got me confused to start with. One so-called expert tells me that I have to throw with perfect mechanics on a straight line if I want the benefits to transfer to the mound.
The other expert tells me that it doesn’t matter if I place an arc on the ball to get it there, because pitching is all about making adjustments anyway. So, where do I go from here?”
Have you gotten to this point in your research? Luckily, for you I have. That’s the problem with pitching, there’s an expert around every corner. Each wants to tell you exactly how much they know and what’s best for you son.
On a side note, use extreme caution when the expert’s with the scientific research and guarantees start showing up inside your inbox, you’ll really be living on the edge.
3 Questions Everyone Asks About Long Toss:
1. What is long toss?
More times than not, it’s a generic term for a throwing program. The concept behind long toss is to throw the ball at longer distances and thereby increase your arm strength, hence the phrase “long-toss”.
2. Well, how far should he throw?
That’s where it gets tricky and confusing. Some kids have to grunt, toot and snort to throw it 100 ft while others can text with one hand and flip a baseball 150 ft with the other.
3. How many days per week should he be long-tossing and how many throws should he make?
That’s one you’re son is going to have to figure out for himself. We will discuss this later in the post.
Something Every Parent Has “Heard”
1. What’s the distance my son should be throwing the baseball and how often because I heard he should never throw past “this” amount and never make more than “that” many throws, what do you think?
Here is my first response to that type of question:
Is your son’s marriage already pre-arranged? Or will he actually have the opportunity to get to know the girl he’s going to marry?
There is no way that you could take a pre-arranged throwing program and bank on it working for every pitcher
5 Questions Every Coach Should Ask:
1. How does he feel today?
2. When’s the last time he pitched?
3. Does he have a history of arm problems?
4. What distance would your son actually consider long, 100 ft, 200 ft, 350 ft?
5. How often does he currently throw?
The throwing program should be built around the individual and forget about what everyone else is doing.
2. I’ve heard some studies show that long-toss causes stress on the elbow, how can he prevent that?
That’s an easy one, don’t throw! However, if you are comfortable with the risk for injury that is associated with throwing the baseball and you want to find a way to simply lower the risk, start by relying more on your son’s feedback.
Honestly, to me, the throwing routine for the pitcher is the most important aspect, period. Your performance on the mound will be a direct reflection of what you’re doing off the mound.
Here Are 4 Pitching Tips That Will Help:
1. Have him keep a journal of what he’s doing everyday and allow him to gauge how his arm feels.
2. Never place limits or restrictions on how much or how often he throws (notice that I did not say, pitch) let him have the final say.
3. Encourage him to go out and throw the baseball, throwing does not mean pitching.
4. Take away the limitations and restrictions in his throwing program and give him ownership and trust with what he feels.
He will quickly realize that the best way to get to know his arm is by throwing the baseball. Besides, in my opinion, more injuries occur because pitchers aren’t prepared for the demands of pitching.
Is it starting to make sense? If so, keep reading.
A Very Effective 5 Step Throwing Program And 2 Questions You Will Probably Ask
1. If you feel like throwing, by all means go out and throw the ball.
2. If you’re a little sore when you first start throwing, that’s OK. That’s what’s meant by getting to know your arm, learning the difference between hurt and sore. Gradually increase the distance of throws and don’t muscle up, loose and easy. Get the blood flowing to the arm and lengthen out some of the muscles that are tight and stiff. That’s probably why you are sore.
3. Once you’ve gotten to that point and it’s still sore, shut it down for the day if it loosens up move forward.
4. Once you’ve reached a distance that requires you a little oomph! Change your focus. Old School Burnout Mode!! After each bone jarring throw, that’s right, it’s OK to throw it as hard as you can. Start moving closer to your partner until you reach the pitching distance approximate for your age.
5. Once you feel like you have had enough, shut it down!
Question 1: What should he do the next day?
I knew that was coming so I was preparing myself in advance. How about the same thing he did today if he feels like it. He knows his arm a lot better than you or I do and if he doesn’t, well he really needs to go throw.
Question 2: What should he be doing if he doesn’t have a place to throw or a partner to throw with or what about when it gets cold outside?
There’s probably an app on his phone that will help with that, not really. Here’s what you do. You get a few baseballs and find a net, a spot in the garage or heck even a walk-in closet. It doesn’t matter. He can get the same work done from 10-20 ft that he can accomplish on the baseball field.
It all boils down to his Intent. It doesn’t matter how far you throw it, it matters more about how hard you’re trying to throw it. Another
Well I hope this helped. We have to get away from the pre-arranged marriages with throwing programs and allow these boys the luxury of dating. Give them options, encourage them to take ownership and figure out what works best for them.
And most importantly, forget about what everyone else is doing!
P.S: Would you be willing to help me by following these next 3 steps?
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