Proper Pitching Mechanics
Until 15 years ago or so, "proper pitching mechanics" was
implicitly defined as those movements that allowed you to throw
as hard as necessary, with control and command, while minimizing
the risk of injury.
Nobody really talked about injuries, but the assumption was
that nobody would teach pitching mechanics that significantly
raised the risk of injury.
That would be insane.
Fixation on Velocity
Things started to changed around 2000, with the rise of
Internet-based scouting and recruiting services, dropping radar
gun prices and their resulting proliferation at all levels of
the game, and the addition of radar gun readings to major league
and little league world series television broadcasts.
Quickly, the game became to watch and see which pitcher could
post the highest radar gun reading, with results and
effectiveness being a secondary concern.
The fixation on velocity then started to take root in the
professional, college, and high school scouting processes. That
then drove a focus on velocity in the world of pitching
The problem is that the fixation on velocity pushed concerns
like durability to the side.
Instead of implicitly including durability, the definition of
"proper pitching mechanics" simply became anything that allowed
you to throw harder.
If you broke down, it was because you didn't work hard
enough, you were soft, or you were just the victim of bad luck
and there was nothing you could do about it.
Dominant and Durable
That's where I came into the picture.
As the parent of two young pitchers, and someone whose
baseball career was cut short by a shoulder injury, I looked at
what was being sold by the pitching velocity injury and found
logical holes big enough to push a batting practice cage
In sum, the fact is that every harder thrower doesn't get
hurt; the history of baseball is full of pitchers who were both
dominant and durable.
I have spent the past 10 years studying frequently-injured
...and identifying the -- in my opinion unnecessary --
movement patterns that place them at risk.
Proper Pitching Mechanics
I have now started producing studies of the pitching
mechanics of dominant and durable pitchers like...
...that describe what truly are proper pitching mechanics.
Where To Go From Here
If you are interested in understanding what I believe is
driving the pitcher injury and tommy john surgery epidemic, I
discuss that topic at length in my webbook
and in a chapter entitled
Proper Pitching Mechanics? in particular.
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