How to make pitching mechanics stick
Sport Specific Training in Las Vegas:
Training to improve mechanics baseball.
Baseball is a numbers game. How many home runs has someone hit? What is his ERA? How hard does he throw his fastball? These are the conversations at every kitchen table and in every clubhouse and stadium across the country. Now is the time of year to undo what the great game of baseball has done to our bodies. A structured performance program is a key to improving health and increasing your body’s efficiency leading into your next season.
What is sports performance training?
Sports performance training is often referred to as sport specific training in Las Vegas and we hear the term thrown around a lot. Unfortunately, this is a very misleading term. There is no such thing as sport specific training. Unless you mean practice. After all, lifting weights in a certain way will not directly improve pitching mechanics.But we do know that focusing on certain muscle groups or types of training translate well to improving your ability to perform in your sport. At Las Vegas Sports Performance we train to make you a better athlete, improving strength, flexibility, balance, and quickness to improve performance in any sport or activity. Our individualized sports performance training is designed specifically for athletes preparing for the upcoming season, gaining an advantage in the off-season, and keeping their skills sharp during the season.
As the end of summer approaches and Fall is around the corner, it’s time to look a differently at the numbers we use to analyze America’s pastime!
A pitchers arm will undergo the equivalent forces of 7,000 degrees per second of rotation during a single pitch. This would be like our shoulder spinning in the socket 20 times in one second.
How physically taxing is the throwing motion?
Let’s look at some staggering baseball numbers. Studies have shown that a pitchers arm will undergo the equivalent forces of 7,000 degrees per second of rotation during a single pitch. This would be like our shoulder spinning in the socket 20 times in one second. If we don’t have any supporting strength to decelerate these tremendous forces our arm would mostly spin out of the socket. This doesn’t happen because throwing isn’t only about acceleration towards the plate but deceleration that supports the moving parts.
Countless hours are spent with pitching instructors throwing bullpens and hammering the windup. The phrases “keep your arm up” and “finish down the mound” are ringing in every athlete’s and parent’s ear as they strive to achieve the perfect windup and delivery. Why don’t these corrections stick from week to week? Why do we constantly have to remind our pitchers not to let their arm drag? They know how to perform the motion, but lack the strength and endurance to replicate the form again and again. We shouldn’t look at what is happening but focus more on why is it happening.
Focused fitness is the key to sports performance.
By targeting the areas that are weak with specific training exercises, we will see much more rapid improvement than if we only trained through repetition (practice).
We know it’s a bad thing when a pitcher drops his arm or drags his elbow through the zone; however keeping your arm-slot “in the window” is an easy thing to understand and demonstrate. If it is so easy, why is it we constantly hear coaches saying “keep your arm up”? The bottom line is that young pitchers lack the necessary strength and muscular endurance to stay in position. Weak hips don’t allow you have a stable lead leg and accelerate towards the plate. A soft core does not enable you to keep your upper body in an efficient position or allow you decelerate your body after releasing the ball. Unless an athlete learns how to strengthen their body and improve motor control, proper pitching mechanics will be a constant battle fraught with possible injuries.
Young pitchers lack the necessary strength and muscular endurance to stay in position.
This is why it is so important to understand how the body functions and the proper way to train! Assessing and addressing the root cause of these issues will help tremendously on the field. Sport specific training in Las Vegas should be focused on making better athletes through measuring and addressing weaknesses that affect sports performance.
Before you can fix what is happening, you must evaluate why it is happening.
At Las Vegas Sports Performance we build pathways to optimal athletic performance while decreasing the risk of injury through improving strength and motor control. By isolating and addressing deficiencies and weaknesses, we can help athletes achieve better form and improve performance.
Rob Martinez and Las Vegas Sports Performance are committed to helping you reach your maximum fitness potential.