Dick, On Angel’s website and on her most recent podcast, she indicates 4 days of rest for high school pitchers who throw 80+ pitches in a game. She cites sports medicine studies to support her numbers. Her recovery details can be found here: http://www.gymscience.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=feature.display&feature_ID=2 My question is if David throws 90 pitches in a game on Sunday, that means that he won’t be eligible to throw (bullpen) again until Friday with another game on Sunday. That leaves little room for a meaningful bullpen prior to the next game. I know I’ve read your recommendations of 2 bullpens and 1 game per week, but can you discuss Angel’s recommendations along with yours and how we should structure bullpens (when to throw them and how many pitches) during the in-season and your thoughts on recovery time following a game? Thanks.
Randy, Those recommendations are on throwing another game. And they are not based on doing a pre-game warm-up or post-game recovery. Angel is just taking pitch counts from USA Baseball. Keep in mind Angel has never pitched. Plus she may not consider the fact that pitching is a highly skilled action that requires specific practice to improve. As I always say games do not make you better…only practice can do that. She is very, very conservative. A pitcher is fully recovered within 48 hours. So a pitcher who pitches in Sunday is ready to throw a bullpen Wed, then Friday. Game Sunday. These recommendations are for a pitcher who has pretty good mechanics…nothing glaring that is adding stress to the arm. We hope the pitcher does a pre-game FPS warm-up and the recovery exercises after the game. Then the pitcher must assess how he feels the next day. Listen to the body and the arm. How does he feel on Tuesday? Should not feel soreness by then. Ready to go on Wed. So he throws a 50 pitch bullpen on Wed working on what occurred during the game on Sunday or some fault he is trying to improve. Friday he would work mostly on pitch command to get ready for the game on Sunday. Keep in mind the 30 second recovery between each pitch and throwing in blocks of 5 pitches with a 2 minute break in between each block. This is active recovery while pitching. The 30 seconds in between each pitch allows for ATP in the muscle to recover. I do not think Angel has considered that as she has not followed some of the other science that Dr. Rushall and I discovered when writing the book back in 2006 about active recovery while throwing bullpens. This of course eliminates fatigue. Plus you also do the FPS recovery after the bullpen. Hope that all makes sense. Dick
Thanks a lot again, Dick. This makes good sense. In fact, David has been following your 48 hr. recovery guideline for years with no prblems. Of course, he does the FPS and Angel’s Engineering the Pitching Elbow in conjunction with your blocked set bullpens. Thanks for everything you do for us.
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