Long Term Effects Of Overuse

When a kid stops growing his growth plates harden at the end of his long bones, a friction-reducing hyaline cartilage develops over the area. In athletes, some of this cartilage will break away eventually, and the bits of cartilage will float in the joint and often be mistaken for bone chips. With continued use, friction...

rmills on June 11, 2015 | 1 Comment

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The Main Cause In The Increasing Rate Of UCL Injuries

The increase in arm injuries to the elbow's UCL(Ulnar Collateral Ligament) is from incorrectly thrown “sliders” in which the forearm dangerously supinates at release. Supination of the forearm is what stresses the UCL. On correctly thrown fastballs, the forearm safely pronates after release. On correctly thrown curveballs, the elbow safely hinges after a karate chop...

rmills on May 28, 2015 | No Comments

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How Medicine Ball And Plyometric Training Can Help Unlock Your Hidden Potential

Plyometric Training for Pitchers The key to activating the neuromuscular system is through the eccentric component of muscular contraction. Let me explain in simpler terms. Most everyone has done a bicep curl with a dumbbell. When you lift the weight up(the curl) you are contracting the muscle or shortening it. This is the concentric component of...

rmills on May 15, 2015 | No Comments

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Importance of Developing Proper Movement Patterns at a Young Age

Let's face it, making movement pattern changes can be difficult and very frustrating especially if proper movement patters weren't developed at a young age.  Think about the first time you started throwing a baseball, whether you were 5 years old or 12 years old, you probably watched someone else do it and tried to copy...

rmills on May 7, 2015 | No Comments

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Showcasing your skills in the recruiting game

Getting in front of coaches isn't always easy, and let’s be honest, first and foremost, coaches are looking for gifted athletes with baseball skills. These kinds of kids are in demand but there are many schools competing for them and obviously coaches know that. NCAA legislation states that a team can have no more than...

rmills on May 1, 2015 | No Comments

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Quick Guide to the Recruiting Process

Life happens fast, the decision to play baseball in college or professional baseball will affect the course of the rest of your life. Do you really want your son attending a school where he sits on the bench every game because you weren't prepared for the recruitment process and making the best decisions for his...

rmills on April 24, 2015 | No Comments

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A Statement from Ryan Mills, In Memory of Coach Dick Mills

I want to start by saying thank you to our community for the outpouring of love and support during this trying time for our family. My mom and I appreciate every, call, text, email, and comment online. I wish I could personally respond to each and every one of you. Growing up with Dick...

rmills on April 17, 2015 | 2 Comments

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Mills family statement

It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of Coach Dick Mills. Dick Mills was born on January 29th 1945 and passed away on Saturday March 28th 2015 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his son Ryan and wife Ginny. Coach Mills was diagnosed a few weeks ago with...

rmills on April 2, 2015 | 27 Comments

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Youth Pitcher Exhibits Explosive Pitching Mechanics

[video width="640" height="480" mp4=""][/video] Here is a great example of what I consider to be a youth pitcher with explosive pitching mechanics. This pitcher is 10 years old, 4 ft. 6" and 68 lbs. and produces mid to upper 50's velocity. Many parents and coaches at the youth level spend a lot of time with...

Coach Mills on January 8, 2015 | 2 Comments

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Body Weight Exercise Movement Gains Momentum

[caption id="attachment_5891" align="alignright" width="300"] There are many different types of push-ups that are very effective for strengthening pitcher's shoulders[/caption] The American College Of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recently released its list of fitness trends for 2013. Topping the list was "Educated, Certified and Experienced Fitness Professionals", a sure sign that possessing an ACSM-certification in an exponentially...

Coach Mills on November 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

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