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The Real Reason Why Weighted Baseballs Increase Pitching Velocity, and Injury Rates

Weighted ball training programs have become a very popular tool for baseball players looking to improve their pitching velocity.

Unfortunately, the popularity of weighted baseball training has grown faster than our understanding of the science behind them.

Over the last … Read more >

The Effect of a 6-Week Weighted Ball Training Program on Baseball Pitchers

Sports health cover pageI’m very proud to say that our first research project on the effect of baseball pitchers training with weighted balls has finally been published!  Big thanks for my coauthors Lenny Macrina, Dr. Glenn Fleisig, Kyle Aune, and Dr. James Andrews.… Read more >

Understanding Tommy John Surgery and How to Avoid It

Note from Mike: Today’s post is an excellent article from New York Yankees team physician, Dr. Chris Ahmad, and Frank Alexander, ATC.  We know that Tommy John injuries continue to rise. Chris and Frank have written a new book to Read more >

3 Things Baseball Players Need to Develop Elite Pitching Performance

There is no magical answer to the question, “what are the best pitching mechanics?”  Take a look around Major League Baseball and you’ll see an endless amount of mechanical variations.

There’s definitely not just one way to throw a baseball.… Read more >

The Science of Weighted Baseball Training Programs

Weighted baseball training programs to enhance pitching velocity are becoming more popular each year.  However, there are so many questions regarding the proper use of  weighted baseballs:

  • Are weighted baseball training programs effective at improving pitching velocity?
  • If so, why
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5 Reasons Why I Don’t Use the Sleeper Stretch and Why You Shouldn’t Either

Ah, the sleeper stretch.  Pretty popular right now, huh, especially in baseball players?  Seems like a ton of people are preaching the use of the sleeper stretch and why everyone needs to use it.  It’s so popular now that physicians … Read more >

Keys to Effectively Stretching the Forearm

Sometimes you do something and don’t even realize what it means when you do it.

I’ve always been complimented by my athletes and patients about how I stretch their forearms.  They tend to gravitate to me for a stretch.  Perhaps … Read more >

Are Baseball Velocity Programs to Blame for the Rise in Pitching Injuries?

do velocity programs cause pitching injuries

One thing is certain when it comes to baseball pitching injuries, they are rising.  Another thing is also certain, baseball velocity programs are ridiculously popular to enhance pitching velocity.

This winter I was honored to be a speaker at both … Read more >