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How do you create the next...
...and not the next...
Since 2005, I've been working to answer those questions.
Along the way, I identified the cause of, and a solution for, the epidemic of injuries in baseball pitchers; a solution that starts by focusing on the differences in how velocity is created.
Chris O'Leary on Pitching
My approach involves studying the pitching mechanics of dominant and durable pitchers, starting with hall of famers like...
...and modern greats like...
...and the pitching mechanics of frequently-injured pitchers like...
...and comparing and contrasting how they move and how they create velocity. Combine that with meticulously combing the scientific literature, and the answer to the epidemic isn't complicated.
I'm probably best known for my research into the Inverted W — the problematic arm action with the pretentious name — and the bogus and libelous attacks on my work, my reputation, and me in Jeff Passan's The Arm, but that's only a tiny fraction of my work, the latest of which includes...
As my ability to predict injuries makes clear.
First, question everything the pitching mechanics industry says. Don't take anything for granted. Go back to the original sources. Read everything you can on biomechanics, kinesiology, and related fields. Keep up on the journal articles. Buy a high speed camera. Hell, buy four.
Second, study great pitchers who had long careers. Pitchers like Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Mariano Rivera, Greg Maddux, and David Price. Look for commonalities. How do they move? Is it similar?
Third, study pitchers who have had injury problems. Pitchers like Mark Prior, Jaime Garcia, Stephen Strasburg, Matt Harvey, and Jose Fernandez. Look for similarities. Do they tend to move similarly. Do they have similar flaws? Look for differences between the two groups.
After 10 years of studying the similarities and differences between the Nolan Ryan's and the Mark Prior's, I have detected a number of patterns, patterns that I'm working on summing up in a new series of eBooks called Dominant & Durable.
Jeff Passan's The Arm
With the release of the hatchet job that is Jeff Passan's The Arm, and as I put together my thoughts about being part of The Arm, I want to be completely clear about my current position on the key topics related to the pitcher injury and Tommy John surgery epidemic, starting with the root cause of most problems...
...and continuing on to the movement patterns that generally work by compromising pitchers' Timing...
Jeff Passan would have you believe my work has no basis in science, so you might want to read...
For a guy who's work has no basis in science, my predictions are pretty accurate...
Finally, in terms of the solution to the problem, I call it...
TIMING, INVERTED W, & STRASBURG
DOMINANT & DURABLE
Dominant and Durable.
While most of the industry — knowingly or now — is focusing on developing relievers, my focus is on creating great major league starting pitchers; pitchers who throw hard with nasty stuff while also staying healthy. While some would say that's impossible, I am driven by the success of pitchers like...
...and my focus is on discovering and explaining how they
became as good as they were and are, while still staying
PITCHER INJURY PREDICTIONS
I have spent the past 10 years studying the pitching mechanics of Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, David Price pitchers who were both Dominant and Durable and incorporating those lessons into my DVDs and eBooks.
THROWING MECHANICS 101
HITTING & THROWING BASICS
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