Springtime means baseball and on this episode we look specifically at the conditioning needs of pitchers. Pitching is an extremely fast and explosive movement that has unique conditioning demands, yet most conditioning programs are based on tradition rather than being optimized to the needs of the players. On this episode of the podcast Vern Gambetta shares best practices developed while working with top club in Major League Baseball.
Vern has a long history working in baseball, having worked as both Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and Director of Athletic Development for the New York Mets. To start off this episode we talked a bit about how the demands of the sport has changed. First and foremost, velocity in pitching has increased. But with appropriate conditioning the body can handle the higher forces.Pitch count & inning limits are artificial restraints. There's no science to back it up. Click To Tweet The fact that we can not measure velocity has forced pitchers to overthrow. Click To Tweet
Then we turned to training methods:Warm-up to pitch. Don't throw pitch to warm up. @coachgambetta Click To Tweet The most specific conditioning for pitchers is throwing, not pitching. @coachgambetta Click To Tweet It is in deceleration phase that most injuries occur. Develop exercises that link hip & shoulder. Click To Tweet
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
- Check out our upcoming seminar in London on May 20 with John Kiely and myself. We will discuss topics like periodization, performance, planning, and more in detail, including real world examples of smart planning in practice. Register early at a discount.
- Learn more about pitching on GAINcast 35 with Paul Davis from the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
- One book recommended on this podcast was The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports by Jeff Passen.