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

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

I’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.

By now, many people have seen the results of the study.  I’ve presented the data at APTA, ASMI, PBATS, Sabermetrics Seminar, and many more as we went through the publication process.  We felt this study was very important for the game of baseball as we have seen such a large growth of interest in weighted ball programs, without a complete understand of what happens to the body.

I believe we have found the mechanism behind why throwing weighted balls enhances velocity.  It’s not a change in biomechanics, arm speed, or strength.  It’s a gain in layback.  This likely also explains why these programs are more stressful and show higher injury rates.  I’ve written a summary in this article, but I urge you to read the full study for all the details.

Understanding Tommy John Surgery and How to Avoid It

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 help educate your baseball players, parents, and coaches about Tommy John injuries, and more importantly, how to avoid them.

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Are Baseball Velocity Programs to Blame for the Rise in 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 the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society Medical Meeting and the American Sports Medicine Institute Injuries […]

Keys to Tommy John Rehabilitation

The Keys to Tommy John Rehabilitation

This month’s Inner Circle webinar was on The Keys to Tommy John Rehabilitation. in this presentation, I overview what I feel are the most important concepts to understand when rehabbing from UCL reconstruction surgery, or Tommy John Surgery.

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5 Reasons Why There Are So Many MLB Tommy John Injuries

The baseball season is only a few weeks old and we’ve already seen an impressive amount of MLB pitchers need Tommy John surgery. This pace could lead to a record breaking amount of injured pitchers. While many have speculated about the causes of this rise, I wanted to share my perspective as someone that has worked with healthy and injured players from Little League to Major League Baseball. Here are 5 reasons why there are so many MLB Tommy John injuries.

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8 Keys to Tommy John Rehabilitation

With the right care and attention, UCL reconstruction surgery can have a really good outcome. Follow these 8 keys to Tommy John Rehabilitation and you’ll be back on the mound in no time.

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5 Myths of Tommy John Surgery

Tommy John surgery has become as much a part of baseball as Cracker Jack and hot dogs. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions that have been spread over the years. Here are 5 myths about Tommy John surgery that any player, coach, or parent needs to fully understand.