Im just wondering if you have explosive mechanics and use your trunk, should your arm ever be sore? If you have solid mechanics like the 5ft 11 145 pound pitcher in the video articles, should your arm ever be sore in the bicep?
So if you had close to fault free mechanics, then your arm should never be sore?
If you are fit to pitch and have solid mechanics you will not pitch with a sore arm unless it is normal soreness that occurs after pitching. You want any soreness to be in the right places such as the lats…not the shoulder.
If you have any bicep pain or soreness, you should stop pitching and get your mechanics evaluated as soon as possible.
Going to a doctor is not the solution.
Ok, Thanks. Also, when you get to landing should you use your arm to throw the ball or should you just let it happen through the fast mechanics and flexing the trunk? I guess my question is should the arm be used to throw the ball other that using it to get your arm cocked? Also, are there any other muscles that should be sore after pitching?
A sore bicep is a sign of a shoulder problem because the bicep tendon inserts into the shoulder capsule.
Aside from higher velocity pitching, the main goal of fault free mechanics is to be pain and injury free.
Ok, I am starting to learn momentum pitching, like Clay, but my elbow gets up above my shoulder when i move that fast. This does not happen in the stretch. Do you have any suggestion on how to fix this? I also can’t get my arm to fully extend, but i don’t know why. I sent a video analysis, so maybe you could figure this out? Thanks
I aslo find it hard to stay closed when I’m trying to lunge. I have a hard time closing my lower body
You need to understand how the body and the arm are positioned properly at landing. The trunk delivers the arm after hip rotation and landing.
The arm does not begin to accelerate toward the plate until trunk rotation occurs. This would be the point where the pitcher will start to position himself and the arm to control the ball. This of course is all controlled by the brain from practicing properly.
However pitchers who do not position the trunk properly at landing or brace-up at landing can end up leading too long with their elbow where the elbow gets ahead of the trunk before the arm extends into ball release. This is what is referred to a “pushing the ball” because the trunk cannot fully assist the arm into full acceleration.
When the elbow gets ahead of the trunk when the pitcher is fully facing home plate in most cases they are not able to get their arms fully extended at ball release which affects both velocity and ball control.
This is what we consider throwing with just the arm…where the trunk cannot do very much because of poor positioning.
Pitching instructors who do not understand mechanics and thus do not videotape will never see this.
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