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06
27
2013

How Wrist Weights Reduce Your Tommy John Risk

Longtime readers of this blog know that I am obsessed with technical and anatomical precision – and in many cases, the message can be lost upon your average reader. However, I try to summarize all of my jargon into an immediately understandable conclusion at the end of long articles like Elbow...

12
26
2012

How to Analyze Pitching Mechanics Without a Biomechanics Lab

There are a few writers and people out there who criticize me for talking about pitchers’ mechanics without having specific joint loads (kinetics), stating that it’s akin to “guessing” without any merit. Their claims that without a full biomechanical analysis (presumably usin...

08
17
2012

Odds and Ends, Updates, and Stuff to Read (8/17/2012)

This summer’s been a packed one for me – I’ve had a ton of work to tackle, lots of athletes in-and-out of the facility, and lots of Remote Consultation programs to stay on top of. Here’s some quick updates in list form: Joe Marsh (77 MPH to 90 MPH in five months) finished up...

03
22
2012

Young Arms and Curveballs: The Real Story Behind it All

Two weeks ago, the NY Times published an article titled Young Arms and Curveballs: A Scientific Twist. In the article, Bill Pennington interviewed various experts in the field of youth baseball pitching and got mixed answers. Dr. Fleisig of ASMI said his research can’t prove that curveballs ar...

09
15
2011

Has Stephen Strasburg Changed His Pitching Mechanics?

Let’s take a look: Nope. Sure doesn’t look like it based on 30 FPS video, even when you compare a changeup (left, 2010) to a four-seam fastball (right, 2011). The “falling off” you see on the left is simply him chasing the ground ball Ryan Howard hit to Strasburg’s left...

09
01
2011

Things to Read: 9/1/2011

Here’s a few links and resources to keep yourself busy! With Stephen Strasburg‘s return to professional baseball, these popular articles go over his mechanics and some of the basic theories of elbow injuries: Strasburg, The Inverted W, and Pitching Mechanics Stephen Strasburg, Mechanics,...

08
27
2010

Elbow Injuries and What Causes Tommy John Surgery

Before we get into the mechanical analysis and discussion on what causes UCL rupture, I want to visit a quote by the Nationals’ General Manager, Mike Rizzo: Was Strasburg injured on one pitch or was this from wear and tear? Rizzo called the earlier MRIs on Strasburg “pristine,” the...