My son hurt his elbow in an All Star Game on July 5th, he was 12 at the time. I took him for an xray and MRI, no bone damage and no tears, etc. But the doctor found inflammation he sees with overuse. He was playing travel and little league, but only pitching in one per week and mostly playing first base in travel (but that involves throwing). In his final game he pitched 2 innings, came off the mound throwing very very hard on his last pitch (struck out 4 batters in 2 innings-so I did not see a drop in velocity or performance) but crying because of pain, so I shut him down right away, he did not play the rest of the game. He did PT and has been doing Mills conditioning, a lot. We did a bullpen last week, a game last Sunday and last night another bullpen and there are 2 issues: 1. He is afraid to throw the ball hard, again. I think a natural tendency to avoid the pain. 2. He has discomfort – which he’s not really sure if its pain or discomfort, or some amount of fear. Or perhaps I wonder if its a little pain from starting to throw hard and then holding up half way through his delivery-poor mechanics caused by pain. I’d love information/thoughts on recovery including timeline and time shut down, etc. Should I shut him down a little longer. The physical therapist told him he’d know when he was ready to return to throwing hard again, should I do lite intensity bullpens to work on feet and drive, etc without worrying about throwing hard for now. Or just do nothing? If you have dealt with this in the past please give me thoughts. I would also like to hear from Coach Mills, which we are seeing in December to be sure there is no mechanical issue we need to be aware of. My son is in 8th grade the high school is waiting for him, the high school varisty coach told me last Tuesday my son needs more bullpens and less games throwing (so I would like to hear anything you have to say about travel ball), and a D1 pitching who saw him at a tournament in May talked to us quite a bit and told me my son is a D1 prospect, so its very important for me to recover both his arm and his confidence to throw the ball again. Thanks Guys, I will really appreciate your time and thoughts.
Jim, Do you have video you can post? What’s your son’s velocity? Was your son diagnosed with Medial epicondylitis? From what I read, your son was shut down for 7-8 weeks before he threw his next bullpen? If he was shutdown that long with no throwing, he should slowly work his way back to the mound over a period of a couple of weeks.
Hi Randy, thank you, yes that was his diagnosis, and he did return very slowly and since he has been holding back he’s still coming back slowly. I do have video from last night, you will see him pulling back I will ask my wife to post it now and if not I will post it tonight. 60’s (spiked at upper 60’s) this past season.
Hi Randy, Here is the video we took yesterday. Appreciate any insight you could give us to help our son. Thank you. Jim http://vimeo.com/106004275
Jim, Need a back angle looking in from 2nd base toward the catcher. Coach Mills
Jim, Right now your boy is pushing the ball. The ball never lays back behind his head. This is stressful on the elbow. He has no weight shift before hand-break thus he is building no forward momentum and thus he releases the ball with his head and shoulder back behind his front leg. At landing his trunk has already opened and he is getting little from his trunk. No flexion forward. He is also landing with his front foot blocked off. That is inhibiting trunk rotation. So we would say that this is an all arm throw. Have you been watching the videos in Let’s Discuss? You need to have your boy stop throwing and work on the bottle water drill and the other six drills I posted just recently. That first. This would get him in a good position so that his arm action is not an issue when you do come for a lesson. Did you watch the video of the 21 year old lefty I just posted with the same arm action problem? Coach Mills
Thank you coach. I will work on that with him and you can assess again live in December. Jim
Coach, I did see the videos and didn’t recognize it on my son. Thank you for your analysis. I will be looking at the videos and implementing them with him. Jim.
Jim, Did you watch the video of the 21 year old lefty. Did you then videotape, as I suggested, in order to see if your son has that problem? Coach Mills
Hi Coach, I did see the video of the 21 year old, and we are videoing. I am going to post another video over the weekend to make sure we are headed in the right direction. thank you
Hi Coach, Please review the attached video of my son. He has been working very hard with and without the ball, including drills. I would appreciate it if you could provide some updated feedback on his progress before we see you in December. Thank you. Jim http://vimeo.com/107165631
Jim, Take a look at this. It certainly appears you’ve working on his arm action. Nice job. What exactly have you done to improve him getting shorter. Coach Mills https://vimeo.com/108369764
Hi Coach, thank you, this is very informative feedback. Zack and I will view the video together later and go to work on the suggestions tonight. On what we did, we did the water bottle drill. The water bottle drill is really effective. For anyone whose going to do it, I recommend doing what we did which was doing it daily until you got it down. In fact, as maintenance, Zack will continue doing it. Coach, on the pitching rubber placed near the landing foot, do you mean on the inside of the foot since he points towards 1st? FYI, he’s been working on this too and its blocking off less than before, I can see how this will finish that issue off.
Jim, Draw the midline from the middle of his back foot toward the target. The rubber should be directed at the target as well. You put it in front of where his foot should be directed and it acts as a lane to land within. If you post a front video I can show you. Your front video was too dark. Coach Mills
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