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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 instruction.

The Problem

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 through.

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 pitchers like...

...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 The Epidemic and in a chapter entitled Proper Pitching Mechanics? in particular.

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