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Strike People Out: How to Protect Your Arm (PART 1)

Part 1

Warm-up ; 2 Out Drills ; Cool-down : The Things We Need But Don’t Make Time For 

 

Warm-up 

Let’s think about this: there are 2-3 million youth baseball injuries a year, costing over 1billion dollars annually in medical costs. If you play from youth to high school consistently, you have a 51% chance of getting hurt. In comparison, 15-19 year olds account for 57% of all Tommy John surgeries in the country. Of all the variables at play, pitching while fatigued can increase the likelihood of injury 36 times. Fatigue can be greatly related to overuse, lack of rest, playing on multiple teams, and using the arm to throw repeatedly, versus using the whole body to throw.  Race car analogies are great because everyone can relate to how a car functions and it can only function as a whole via the sum of it’s parts. And let’s face it, people only watch NASCAR for the wrecks anyway.  Consider this: the tire is the athlete’s arm and the lug nuts are the shoulder. Before the race, the team takes about 30 seconds to make sure the lug nuts are somewhat snug, but they don’t want to spend too much time on them because they arrived late and were just excited about racing. The race begins and the driver starts getting behind because the engine wasn’t properly tuned.  Not only that, but the lugs that were just lightly tightened also start to loosen.  The driver is falling further behind and becaus