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A Follow-Up on NPA-Style “Holds”

Dan Blewett of Warbird Academy wrote a great post on the NPA-style holds that Steve Delabar popularized through Tom House and Jamie Evans, and I urge you to read it: Holds, Pitching Velocity, and Tom House Tennis Analogy.

Dan makes a TON of great points, one of which I wish I was smart enough to have realized myself when it comes to our Ballistic Reverse Throws (he even embedded our video):
Baseball pitchers internally rotate to throw a pitch. This means that three of the four rotator cuff muscles are eccentrically decelerating, not accelerating the ball. Thus, these three muscles – the supraspinatus, infraspinatus and teres minor – rarely get any concentric strengthening in the sport itself. This is not the case in tennis.

Rather, tennis players hit backhands, which is a concentric exercise for the scapula retractors, external rotators of the cuff and other back muscles. When Tom House talks about balance, he […]

By |February 6th, 2014|Research, Training|0 Comments

Stuff to Read: 9/12/2011 (Steve Delabar Story, Jason Vargas THT Post)

Looking for a velocity-adding weighted baseball program?  

Steve Delabar’s journey to the major leagues with the Seattle Mariners is a feel-good story anyone could love, right?

Maybe not. Think about it: Why didn’t organized baseball have a velocity development plan for Steve to get him back to where he needed to be? Why did Steve need to explore alternative options by himself to break back into professional baseball?

I wrote about this on my latest short article at The Hardball Times – Steve Delabar: How Organized Baseball Failed Him. Go check it out.

Additionally, there’s also my longer article about Jason Vargas and “The Twist” that he added to his mechanics. It seems to have added some fastball velocity for him, so I broke it down a bit at The Hardball Times.

A related article from The Hardball Times that I wrote is The Fear of Unorthodoxy: A New Model of Player Development. It […]

By |September 13th, 2011|Links, Mechanics, Training|3 Comments