(This is the 3rd post of a 5 part series of the major causes of pitching are injuries.)
No Pre-Season Throwing Program
This is one area we have no excuse.
If our pitchers have not thrown enough in the preseason there is no way they could possibly be ready to throw 80 to 100 pitches in a game in March.
I see this every year all across Missouri. It will be the 1st game of the season and I see pitchers throwing 90 to 100 pitches their first time out.
Last year I was listening to a game on the radio and a local team lost two pitchers in the first game/week of the season. I will bet you anything that they didn’t pick up a baseball until the first day of practice.
You have to give your arm time to prepare for the season.
There is no reason that we can’t get in the gym and put together a 6 to 8 week pre-season throwing program.
In less than 30 minutes a day a lot of pitching injuries could be prevented.
I believe it is the responsibility of every High School Coach to make sure their pitchers are ready for the workload and pitch count that they let them throw.
Here is a free copy of the Pre-season throwing program I use with the pitchers I work with.
If your pitchers use it right they will be ready to throw 40 to 50 pitches on the first day of practice.
Then you can use your three weeks of practice to set your roles and rotation.
If you continue use the weekly bullpen and throwing sessions your pitchers should be ready to throw 75 to 80 pitches by the first game of the season.
Let me know what you think.
Together we can prevent a lot pitching injuries from happening. Every Coach has to make it a personal mission.
Start your mission today.