Certainly playing catch is less stressful than full intensity pitching but coaches such as Paul Reddick will have their pitchers pitching from flat ground. One D1 pitching coach had all mounds removed because he believed mound pitching was too stressful. He obviously took what Tom House was saying much too literally. You might want to avoid a school like that! How is pitching on flat ground at full intensity less stressful? Less stressful on what? Certainly not the arm. Since the body does not have the benefit of gravity which helps speed it up and stretch it out…thus the arm in flat ground pitching must do more work. With less arm cocking and less trunk flexion the arm will have to do more to create force on the ball as intensity is increased. That is when a crow hop should be initiated or better yet…get on a mound. Dick
When fools (er, folks) say that pitching from flat ground is less stressful, what I think they’re trying to deduce is that since you don’t have gravity from a sloped mound to cause the pitcher’s body to speed up (gain velocity through movement), then there must be less stress on the arm. Apparently, the AMSI has some scientific research and measurements to prove their point that flat-ground pitching is less stressful than full intensity mound-pitching. My point was, if the subjects’ mechanics were not considered as part of the evaluation, then how much credence do you give the study even though the mechanics of the pitchers may have been similar and consistent. Of course, what they don’t get is that if you have incorrect mechanics to begin with, every pitching surface is stressful. What gets me is why would you even consider practicing a skill any different than you would perform it in competition? Do marathon runners train by running sprints? Do NBA guards train shooting 3 pointers by playing in the post? Seems to be common sense that if you want to get better doing something, practice doing that skill as you would be expected to do it in competition with a higher intensity.
[quote=csorba;87868]Guys, Don’t help these kids! The more pitchers doing stupid irrelevant activities the better! Em[/quote] I can’t believe you of all people made that statement. I hope that was sarcastic.
Well, in reality, if one were trying to break into the upper levels, it’d be harder to get in if no one broke down after 80, 100 pitches, or if they all lasted 4-5 years instead of 15-20, or they all threw 89-94 instead of potentially upper 90s maybe low 100. I think it’s probably sarcasm dipped in truth. You wish them the best, the information is out there for them to search for and make the desicion themselves. If they want to keep doing what they’re doing, holding themselves back from their true potential, more power to them. If they want to make a change, then they’ve come to the right place. -Sean
The parrot speaks! Dick
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