Pitching Arm Injury? Blame Anyone But Your Arm

28 May 2009 • Major League Insider Training.

Hey guys!

Thanks for all the great feedback about the new “video blog” format. You ask for more….I’ll give you
what you want. That’s the way it rolls here at the INSIDER BLOG!

Without further wait……let’s get to this weeks blog

PS. Be sure to watch how Garrett from Detroit sees why asking questions not only makes him the star of this
weeks show….but entitles him to some awesome FREE stuff over at: http://www.LoadToExplode.com

Keep up the comments and questions guys! We are heading into the official start of Summer and things
are certainly heating up here at the INSIDER!

Best in health and baseball,


10 Responses to “Pitching Arm Injury? Blame Anyone But Your Arm”

  1. Mike says:

    Hey Jeff, I love your stuff and the Insider Training program is great. I can feel myself getting stronger. I’m a college pitcher and I’m from Waynesburg, Ohio. I have a question for you. I was told from my coach that a long stride length and flexible/balanced hips are important for increasing velocity. (He used Tim Lincecum as the example) How do I get that type of Tim Lincecum flexibility in my legs, groin, and hips?

    Thanks Jeff!

  2. Kaleb says:

    I have a piggy back question off of Mike’s. I too am a college pitcher and I have heard that one reason hips may not be able to completely and freely rotate is because the hamstrings are pulling them out of alignment. What I have heard, and it is true for me, is that the hamstring on a pitcher’s landing leg is more flexible than the hamstring in their arm side leg. Do you believe this to be true or just a nice thought? If this is true how do I go about evening the hamtrings up? Anything more than just a basic hamstring stretch?

  3. Mike Delgado says:

    Hey Jeff,Like Garret,my son is also feeling a pinch like pain in his throwing shoulder.I’m wondering what type of procedure would an orthopedic doctor do to diagnose this problem.Would this require an MRI or a physical?



  4. george says:

    hi jeff , i love watching your videos on correct training and technique. i have really learned alot in a short period of time keeping track of your blog. i am a baseball dad with a 14 year old son. i attempted to get him started on some light weight training a few months back but he just didnt seem very interested in it. my problem is that he is very involved in the “club” baseball scene which is an extremely competitive environment. to keep him competitive i thought the weight training would help. so i guess my question is this: what age would you say a youngster should get involved in weight training? i am thinking that it is possible to get a good workout with a med ball for my youngster. i would appreciate your thoughts on the matter. sincerely george

  5. Ryley says:

    Hey Jeff. Thanks for all the videos you are putting up. I have learned a lot and look forward to more. I have a couple questions for you. In the past 3 years I have had two shoulder surgeries, both SLAP repairs. My most recent surgery was a little over a year ago and I have been throwing for about 3 months now on a progressive throwing program. Overall, I feel pretty good and have definitely improved over the past 3 months. I am stronger now than I have ever been because of some of the things I have seen in your videos. I have really concentrated on my core and back this time around, unlike after the first surgery. However, I still have pain in the posterior shoulder, right around the teres minor/infraspinatus area. I know those rotator cuff muscles are external rotators, but am I experiencing pain there because they are trying to decelerate my arm when I throw or is it possibly just how it is going to be after having two shoulder surgeries? For example, I have strengthened my external rotation to the point where I am using black thera-band and the biggest BodyBlade and I still experience pain. Do you have any suggestions as to what I can do? I’ve read some of your responses above obviously, but I did not know if your answer would change with someone who has had two shoulder surgeries. Thanks a lot Jeff and keep the videos coming!

  6. admin says:

    Hi Ryley,

    Thanks for you question and your background, which will allow me to give you a more accurate response. From the area of discomfort that you are detailing, as well as the strength that you are currently demonstrating in your external rotators, I am leaning more towards the possibility of scar tissue accumulation from the two surgeries that you’ve had at the site of the inferior labrum attachment. In the case of your SLAP repairs, much work was going on right in this area, which also shares body real estate with the infraspinatus and teres minor. See what I’m saying? You can attempt some soft tissue mobilization in the area in the form of a sports massage on a fairly regular basis and see if that doesn’t start to relieve some of the discomfort. In terms of your decelerative work, you didn’t mention whether it hurt during the exercises or not, but I would just start with some of the ones that are “isometric” in nature that don’t require the arm to be controlled through space just yet. Something like a “walkout” where you pin your arm at 90 degrees to your side and step away from the anchor point, not allowing your shoulder to go into internal rotation. Work up to that pain free and then start to progress to the more dynamic decelerative exercises. Address the soft tissue as well, for that is my main suspicion from afar, that might be creating this lingering discomfort. Hope this helps and I look forward to your continued reading and participation on this site. Keep an eye out for Load To Explode next Friday…that stuff will be right up your alley! You’re going to want to get in on the first 200 for sure! Jeff

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