Proper Pitching Mechanics
Until 20 years ago or so, "proper pitching mechanics" was
under-stood to be those movements that allowed pitchers to throw, 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.
The problem is everything has changed. Velocity is now the
be-all and end-all, such that movements that reduce the risk of
elbow and shoulder problems are now labeled as flaws.
Thus The Epidemic
Proper Pitching Mechanics?
I have moved this piece to my client site and have expanded
it into a significantly larger essay called
Proper Pitching Mechanics? It is now part of my webbook that
pitcher injury and Tommy John surgery epidemic.
Dominant and Durable
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 & Durable. That means pitchers like...
I have spent the past 10 years studying the mechanics of
...and identifying the difference between dominant and
durable pitchers and pitchers who can't stay healthy. The hope
is to identify the -- in my opinion unnecessary --
movement patterns that place them at risk.